Images of Supposed AirPods Diagnosis Tool Shared Online

Apple is reportedly rolling out a new tool to Apple service providers for testing AirPods, according to leaker known as "Fudge," who shared images of the tool on Twitter.

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Apple appears to be seeking to reduce unnecessary AirPods services by more accurately diagnosing the cause of a fault. Instances of a dirt-blockage, which may be difficult to ascertain visually, can apparently be identified by the use of a simple new tool. This could cut-down on needless services in instances where a deep clean is all that is required.

A dedicated service-provider's iPhone is inserted into a tray, which can run an app to determine if AirPods are genuinely faulty or simply malfunctioning due to a build-up of dirt. The tool tests first and second-generation AirPods by directing them at an ‌iPhone‌'s microphone.

The original post states the diagnosis functions similarly to the "existing ‌iPhone‌ Audio test in principle."

It does not appear to be compatible with AirPods Pro, but it seems possible for Apple to develop a different holder for ‌AirPods Pro‌ to connect to the ‌iPhone‌ tray in the future.

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Top Rated Comments

HeavenDynamic Avatar
49 months ago
Maybe in 5 years the Genius Bar will be able to change the batteries
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
adamdport Avatar
49 months ago
Everyone with a 3D printer instantly recognized that the tool in the image is 3D printed.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jayducharme Avatar
49 months ago

Everyone with a 3D printer instantly recognized that the tool in the image is 3D printed.
The cradle holding the AirPods is. The iPhone holder looks injection-molded.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nwcs Avatar
49 months ago
OK... not sure why something like this needs to be leaked. I don’t think there will be clones of it running around for people to buy for $1.99. I personally think some things like this Apple should just tell people about proudly. It’s a diagnostic tool for quicker and more accurate analysis which may lead to fewer replacements and quicker resolutions. Sounds good to me.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WWPD Avatar
49 months ago
Yes, you now need to run diagnostics on earphones. What a time to be alive.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Bluetoot- Avatar
49 months ago

I need new AirPods.
Okay, honestly, I wish there was a way to clean out the mesh.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)