Pardon me?

Or: I lose an AirPod Pro earbud

I have a love/hate relationship with Apple’s products. They’re incredibly well designed when you put them to work, but occasionally their design is such that they break or get lost much more easily than products from other manufacturers.

I was about to make a phone call using my iPhone 14 Pro Max and AirPods Pro 2nd Generation – a much more comfortable way of making phone calls in my opinion – and I opened the AirPods case to discover that the right earbud was missing! I tried Apple’s Find My device finder app to see if I can make it bleep or bloop, or to use the feature which lets you track the AirPod earbud if it’s nearby. Alas, nothing doing.

I don’t know how long it’s been missing – but I’ve carried the AirPods Pro case to work a few times without using it. It may be at work, but it may be at either one of three offices (well, realistically speaking – two offices).

But I think an even more realistic outcome is going to have to buy a replacement AirPod Pro earbud for the princely sum of £80 directly from Apple. There’s no two ways about it.

On the other hand, it’s less expensive than having to fork out for an entire AirPod Pro 2nd generation set. The first ever set of AirPods I bought ended up in the washing machine which killed them completely.

The AirPods Max that I paid more than I should have ever paid for headphones are now completely dead. Not by washing machine, not by losing them, but Apple’s useless design. And their warranty has run out. I shall not be buying their AirPods Max range again. When it worked, it was wonderful – but when these things break., it’s a slog having to go to an Apple Store to get them replaced. And I should mentioned I have already had the AirPods Max replaced once (to the extent I had express delivery which puts a 10-day charge on your card for the FULL price of the unit). Never again.