Saturday, December 17, 2016
If you lose an Apple AirPod, it will cost you $69 to replace one
We now know precisely how much each of Apple’s little wireless earbuds is worth: $69. That’s the charge for replacing a lost AirPod, the new Bluetooth variation of Apple’s EarPod headphones. Apple’s service pricing page goes over all the details of repairing or replacing AirPods; the one-year limited warranty covers problems like a defective battery. Otherwise, you’ll be spending $69 to repair or replace an earbud or the charging case they come with. Battery service, which might be necessary as the headphones age, costs $49.
The $159 AirPods went on sale earlier this week, and they’re currently shipping in limited quantities. I’m not sure I have ever seen a major wearable device that looked more terrifyingly precarious. It feels good to at least place a numerical value on my fear.