What you need to know
- Apple has launched a Service Program for its AirPods Pro headphones.
- The program will address issues with sound degradation that has occurred for some customers.
- Affected earbuds will be replaced with no cost to the customer.
Apple has officially launched a service program (opens in new tab) to address sound issues that have been commonly reported by AirPods Pro owners. According to the company, a small percentage of customers who purchased the wireless headphones before October 2020 have experienced various issues that may require replacement.
Apple has listed the following issues that would qualify your headphones to be covered under the program:
- Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone
- Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise
The fix for the issue is quite simple. Apple, or an Apple Authorized Service Provider, will replace the AirPod that is experiencing the sound degradation. If both the left and right AirPod have the problem, both AirPods will be replaced. Replacements will come with no charge to the customer.
For those who want to take advantage of the AirPods Pro Service Program (opens in new tab), you can either contact an Apple Authorized Service Provider, schedule service at an Apple Store, or contact Apple Support to get started. The company notes that this issue only affects AirPods Pro and that the program does not extend its original warranty.
Bloomber's Mark Gurman notes that in order to get the AirPods serviced they must get into the hands of a technician, and there is currently no way to ship the AirPods in order to be serviced.
There is no serial number database for impacted units so in order to get a replacement, you have to actually take them into a store for inspection. You can't ship them either (yet?) Then they will determine if they need to swap them out. pic.twitter.com/3aee8RBestThere is no serial number database for impacted units so in order to get a replacement, you have to actually take them into a store for inspection. You can't ship them either (yet?) Then they will determine if they need to swap them out. pic.twitter.com/3aee8RBest— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) October 30, 2020October 30, 2020
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
It would have been nice to know about this 2 days ago when I had my Airpods Pro replaced for this exact problem at the Apple Store. Luckily, I’m one of those idiots who buys Apple Care so didn’t have to pay the $270 Cdn to replace my Airpods Pro.
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