First thing we spot inside is ... glue. (We're not exactly surprised, but always a smidge disappointed.)
Second thing we spot is—wait, what? A button cell battery? Now that's a genuine surprise.
Another eyebrow-raiser: the ribbon cable connecting the stem to the in-ear portion has a nice deliberate bit of extra slack, and a tiny detachable ZIF connector.
The connector has a light coating of glue, and safely separating the cable is extremely delicate work. Are we up to it? Yes we are.
It was at this point during our teardown that this AirPod let out a tiny scream—a little awooo, if you will. We're not saying that these things are haunted, but our video team experienced something similar during their disassembly, and they recorded it, so it's not just our imagination!
It's likely that something we're doing during disassembly is momentarily overloading the speaker driver somehow. Rational thoughts aside though, these things are haunted.
Now, back to that battery ...
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