Yes, I hate it, too, when the next “… gate” comes out of the woodwork and into the open. Very often, those stories are overblown. Well, …
I have been experiencing a rattling noise with my left AirPod Pro, especially when dealing with low frequencies or even when I am speaking while having the AirPods in my ears. I started to notice it about 6 months after having made the purchase. First, I thought it was a defective tip. Apple exchanged the tip. It did not help. Now they will exchange the left AirPod Pro.
FYI you can thank former Nixon speechwriter William Safire for that. After the Watergate scandal of the 1970s Safire, a NYTimes columnist, started adding -gate to describe scandals and non-scandals in his columns, which took off. New York Magazine said at the time his aim in pushing -gate to any minor scandal involved “rehabilitating Nixon by relentlessly tarring his successors with the same rhetorical brush – diminished guilt by association”. Safire himself later said to author Eric Alterman that he “may have been seeking to minimize the relative importance of the crimes committed by his former boss”
And almost five decades later that’s led to everything someone doesn’t like about an Apple product being given that suffix.
I had this a couple of months ago, but it seemed to go away. Only occurred in noise cancellation modes.
Sadly the problem has come back again during the past fortnight.
Do we think it is a hardware or software fault?
I’ve just gone through support (first ever time) and they are going to swap out the faulty left one for me. They ran through the cleaning of the tip and the speaker grille first, but it didn’t solve the issue.
This issue seems have smthg to do with the tips. I took them off and the “rattling” stopped. Put them back on and it came back.
Somehow the noise cancelling amplifies the vibration sound in between the tip and the earphone, I guess. A minimal bad fit leads to rattling, then. Especially noticeable while talking.
Sadly that means there is no good way to solve it guess since the holders of the tips wear out.
I never changed the tip after buying the AirPods Pro (not even for cleaning the AirPods). That would mean that the holders wore out just by having the tips attached to them. That is not reassuring. Well, time will tell if I will encounter this issue again…
I deleted a passage containing “defective by design”. That was not what I intended to say. More on that:
It happens. English doesn’t exactly make it easy on non-native speakers, either.
There’s a trend I’m seeing in certain groups of people I’m in (not necessarily this one) talking about “planned obsolescence” every time a product has an issue with it - and so I get a little nitpicky about terminology because I see it so often.
“Planned obsolescence”, of course, is similar to “defective by design” - it’s the idea that a product has some manner of critical flaw that makes it expire or become non-useful earlier than one would otherwise expect, in order to drive revenue for manufacturers.
Some people accuse Apple of planned obsolescence with things like iPhone batteries and such. I usually ask them when the last time was they could update software to current on their 5-year-old Android phone.
To the point of your original post and linked article, FWIW, I also hate the “-gate” suffix for things. To me to be a something-“gate” there has to be gross negligence of some sort, a cover-up, or something along those lines.
If Apple is doing in-warranty swap-outs for defective units, it doesn’t feel like a “-gate” to me. If it gets to the point where they’re still selling units with no updates / changes and denying that there’s even a problem, then we’re probably at a “-gate”.