In today’s weirdest tech issue, Apple takes the cake with a peculiar moisture problem affecting some AirPod Max units.
A user named Donald Filimon tweeted a picture of the inside of his earphones showing off some water droplets accumulating on the metal inside the earcups. He also reports the issue is breaking the auto-play/pause feature. If you don’t want to see some wet AirPods, scroll past the embedded tweet.
So, uhh… my AirPods Max form condensation after extended use. They’ve never been used in any humid environment. The water gets inside the drivers and has caused ear detection problems. I’ve been wearing them inside sitting at a desk mainly, nothing crazy. Super concerning issue pic.twitter.com/0pWicvxLv9
— Donald Filimon (@donaldfilimon) December 27, 2020
This seems like a pretty isolated incident so far, but a few people who all own the Space Grey version of the headphones have tweeted back at Filimon, stating that they have similar issues.
Some people are suggesting that since the AirPods Max have a metal design that the condensation can form more easily since the metal will retain its temperature as you move from one environment to another. Combining this with the warmth of someone’s ears, there is potential for water to form.
That said, it remains to be seen if the moisture issue negatively impacts the headphones. Filimon is having issues with the automatic play/pause feature due to his amount of condensation, but other users seem to be getting along just fine. There’s also another tweet where Filimon replies to a deleted tweet saying he was wearing the headphones for “roughly 12 hours of constant use,” likely more than how long most people will use headphones for.
However, other users who have this problem report wearing the units for a lot less time. You can check out the full Twitter thread here.
Source: Donald Filimon (@donaldfilimon)