Covered under warranty
Just like the iPhone, if your AirPods battery needs replacement, it will be free under warranty.
Just like the iPhone, Apple will replace the AirPods battery for free under warranty if necessary. If the AirPods are out of warranty, a battery replacement is $49, $30 less than the iPhone.
As you probably know, rechargeable batteries have a limited life and will start to degrade after a certain number of cycles.
Interestingly, the chart lists that Apple will replace the battery for free “in-warranty or with AppleCare.” There’s apparently no way to purchase AppleCare just for the AirPods, so you may be covered if you have the extended warranty program on your handset. But that’s not officially been confirmed by Apple.
Hard to come by
You can purchase the AirPods now directly from Apple for $159.
But if you didn’t order them as they went on sale, you’ll need to be patient. Currently, any order placed from Apple is expected to ship in around four weeks, which would be sometime in January.
There is a bit of good news, though, as Apple said it expects to have stock at some Apple Stores next week. If you can’t wait, eBay is also a good – but pricey – option to score one next week.
To use the AirPods, you’ll need to have the latest version of macOS, iOS, or watchOS installed on your device.
Apple has also unveiled a trio of user guides for the AirPods. Definitely take a look if you’re interested in learning more about how the earbuds work.