At the time, the page indicated that, under most circumstances where the AirPods are covered under a standard warranty, the company would replace failing batteries for free. However, if they aren’t covered by warranty, a battery replacement would cost customers $49. Unfortunately there weren’t a lot of additional details to go on at the time.
That has changed now with Apple updating the page to outline a more distinct warranty coverage for the AirPods. Apple outlines that, under its standard One Year Warranty, the batteries, the charging case, and the AirPods themselves are covered. That means it will cover issues with those products, individually, as long as they’re covered by the warranty without charge.
However, as Apple notes, it does not cover “wear from normal use.” So, if, after a bit of time, the batteries in the AirPods or the charging case start to degrade, Apple will charge $49 for each AirPods to replace the battery, and $49 for battery replacement in the charging case. The out-of-warranty price goes up to $69 each. If you lose the charging case for an AirPod, Apple will replace them for $69 each.
“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.”
What do you think of the price breakdown? Did you order the AirPods?
[via Apple Support]