The inside of what iFixit calls “maybe the most fancy part” of the headphones.
Until now, iFixit has declined to give Apple a single repairability point for any of its AirPods, but the AirPods Max buck the trend with a remarkably high score of six out of ten.
The AirPods Max (center) versus headphones from Sony (left) and Bose (right).
Why so high? Well, for starters, its ear cushions attach via magnets, making them easy to change and switch when they undoubtedly get used out. There are likewise plenty of internal components held together with screws rather than unpleasant glue, which ought to make it easy for prospective repairers to swap them out if they break.
Compared to other popular over-ear earphones, however, the AirPods Max reasonable well. As part of its deep dive into Apples earphones, iFixit likewise tore down the cheaper Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 700, which are among our favorite noise-canceling headphones. It keeps in mind that compared to the “compulsive workmanship” of Apples headphones, they end up looking “like toys by contrast.”
iFixits long in the making AirPods Max teardown is finally total, giving an extensive take a look at the internals of Apples launching over-ear headphones and an idea of how easy they are to repair. , ifixit even went as far as to teardown Sonys WH-1000XM4 and Boses NC 700 headphones for comparison.. Previously, iFixit has refused to grant Apple a single repairability point for any of its AirPods, but the AirPods Max buck the trend with a surprisingly high score of 6 out of ten.
The headphones arent completely repairable by any means. Opening the AirPods Max includes dealing with some untidy adhesive, and while Apple has done an excellent task at utilizing screws to hold together their internal elements, iFixit mentions that it utilizes a bewilderingly different variety for the task, indicating youll have to be well geared up with screwdriver heads to attempt a repair work.
iFixit is particularly keen on the headband hinge mechanism found between the band and the ear cups, which it keeps in mind can be detached “with simply a SIM card removal tool or paperclip, without even opening the ear cup.” It calls this “maybe the most elaborate part of the AirPods Max” and notes that its “both elaborate and overbuilt, and might make the AirPods Maxs cost tag a little much easier to swallow.”
Compared to other popular over-ear headphones, however, the AirPods Max reasonable well. As part of its deep dive into Apples headphones, iFixit also tore down the less expensive Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 700, which are among our favorite noise-canceling earphones. However it notes that compared to the “obsessive workmanship” of Apples earphones, they end up looking “like toys by contrast.”
Considering their eye-watering $550 cost, its assuring to see that the AirPods Max will not be a total nightmare to repair when their batteries and other elements begin failing in a number of years time. Now, Apple simply needs to find a way to bring this exact same repairability to its ludicrously popular true wireless AirPods.
Theres some adhesive in the method of repair work.