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Electronics are built with death dates. Let's not keep them a secret.

By Geoffrey A. Fowler

02 Aug 2022 · 7 min read

Editor's Note

You should read this piece to know why gadget manufacturers are opaque when it comes to things like battery recharge cycles and repairability index and why that's bad for consumers.

If you've got a pair of Apple AirPods, they're going to die - likely sooner rather than later.

With mine, the battery lasted a little over two years. And when it could no longer hold a charge, I had to toss it out and buy new AirPods, because the dead battery is glued inside.

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