If you've been following the Apple AirPods saga here at komando.com, you may very well know that after being delayed for months, they are now available for purchase online at Apple's website.
They are also set to arrive at brick-and-mortar Apple Stores, select carriers and authorized Apple retail outlets on December 21.
The Airpods are the centerpiece of Apple's "courageous" no-headphone jack reality introduced during Apple's iPhone 7's launch event in September. They're wireless, rechargeable and small earbud speakers that will cost true-believers a hefty $159 for a pair.
Being small and wireless, these earbuds look like they'll be dropped, lost and misplaced on the sidewalk somewhere in no time at all.
Fortunately, Apple announced that it will sell single AirPod replacements. Unfortunately, the replacement cost for each part is quite steep.
In Apple's Service Pricing page, the company has revealed the prices for replacement units and battery service for a single AirPod earpiece or the charging case.
The cost for a single lost AirPod earpiece or charging case is a whopping $69. Yep, you heard it right, $69 for a single ear bud.
In the event of battery failure, battery service for a single AirPod or a charging case will cost true believers a hefty $49.
Here's what Apple has to say about this:
"If you need service for your AirPods or charging case, there's no charge if the issue is covered under the Apple One Year Limited Warranty or consumer law."
"Our warranty covers a defective battery, but it doesn’t cover wear from normal use. If the battery capacity on your AirPods or charging case decreases over time, you can replace them for a battery service fee."
"If your AirPods or charging case get damaged accidentally, you can pay an out-of-warranty fee. And if you lose an AirPod or your charging case, we can replace your lost item for a fee."
It's not really clear how Apple can differentiate between a "defective" battery and one whose capacity has decreased from "wear from normal use" but one thing's for sure - if you lose an AirPod or a charging case, you'll be set back big. $70 big.
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