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Are your AirPods Professional earbuds making bizarre noises? You’re not imagining it — and also you’re not the one one.

Just some months after Apple began transport AirPods Professional, some customers started noticing that one or each of their earbuds have been rattling or crackling. The noises would reportedly worsen every time the person moved, and would generally solely develop after months of use.

Apple didn’t say an excessive amount of about it at first, however would normally change crackling earbuds should you took the time to hit up help. A number of people right here at TechCrunch have had the rattle rear its head on our personal AirPods Professional buds… solely to have it pop up once more within the replacements.

It appears the issue has turn out to be widespread sufficient for an official acknowledgement: right this moment Apple launched an “AirPods Professional Service Program” (as first pointed out by Mark Gurman) particularly for swapping out crackling buds.

A newly published support page outlines the potential signs, each of which counsel the difficulty has to do with the noise cancellation system:

  • Crackling or static sounds that enhance in loud environments, with train or whereas speaking on the telephone
  • Lively Noise Cancellation not working as anticipated, comparable to a lack of bass sound, or a rise in background sounds, comparable to road or airplane noise

Apple notes that solely models made earlier than October 2020 are affected, suggesting they’ve fastened the difficulty in models now coming off the road. The help web page repeatedly says defective models will probably be “changed” fairly than “repaired” — so for essentially the most half, it feels like turnaround must be fairly fast.