Not the AirPods themselves, but rather the charging case. After a final trip through the washer and dryer, the case will no longer charge, this rendering the AirPods useless. I’ve realized how much I mess the convenience of being able to pop the AirPods in on a whim, without needing to fumble with a cable or even take my phone out of my pocket.
The sound quality even seems better than the standard headphones. I suspect this is due to the absence of a cable, allowing the earbuds to sit more securely in place. I haven’t replace them yet, knowing that Apple is due to release a new AirPower compatible charging case shortly, but it the wait is tiring, which speaks to how great a product this is.