Recently the folks at iFixit did a teardown of Apple’s AirPods headphones and found that it was pretty much impossible to repair. However in the process of tearing it down, they also seemed to have found out the potential reason why the headphones might have been delayed in the first place.
According to an X-ray of the AirPods’ charging case, iFixit said, “Our X-ray imagery shows some quality issues in this chip’s solder joints. Empty spaces, known as voiding, could be evidence of low quality standards, or a rushed product release. Could issues with the AirPod case be what delayed release?”
Of course this is just speculative at best since Apple never specified the reason why it was delayed in the first place. There has been speculation that the delay could have been to technical issues with the headphones, and there was also speculation that it could have been due to manufacturing issues.
If this X-ray imagery and iFixit’s theory is right, it would seem that the reason could be a bit of both. Also it has been suggested that because of these voidings that in the future, there is a chance that AirPod owners could run into charging issues with the case. However do take it with a grain of salt since right now everything appears to be just fine, even if the reviews do appear to be a bit mixed.