iFixit’s long in the making AirPods Max teardown is finally total, giving an extensive appearance at the internals of Apple’s debut over-ear earphones and a concept of how easy they are to repair. Till now, iFixit has actually refused to approve Apple a single repairability point for any of its AirPods, but the AirPods Max buck the trend with a surprisingly high rating of six out of 10.
Well, for starters, its ear cushions attach through magnets, making them simple to swap and replace when they undoubtedly get worn out. There are also plenty of internal elements held together with screws rather than messy glue, which must make it simple for prospective repairers to swap them out if they break.

iFixit is particularly keen on the headband hinge mechanism found between the band and the ear cups, which it notes can be separated “with just a SIM card elimination tool or paperclip, without even opening the ear cup.” It calls this “maybe the most fancy part of the AirPods Max” and keeps in mind that it’s “both elaborate and overbuilt, and may make the AirPods Max’s price a little simpler to swallow.”

The earphones aren’t completely repairable by any means. Opening the AirPods Max includes dealing with some messy adhesive, and while Apple has actually done a good job at using screws to hold together their internal parts, iFixit points out that it utilizes a bewilderingly various range for the job, implying you’ll have to be well equipped with screwdriver heads to try a repair.

The AirPods Max (center) versus earphones from Sony (left) and Bose (right).
Image: iFixit

Compared to other popular over-ear headphones, however, the AirPods Max reasonable well. As part of its deep dive into Apple’s earphones, iFixit also took apart the cheaper Sony WH-1000 XM4 and Bose NC 700, which are among our preferred noise-canceling earphones. But it keeps in mind that compared to the “compulsive workmanship” of Apple’s headphones, they wind up looking “like toys by contrast.”

Considering their eye-watering $550 price, it’s assuring to see that the AirPods Max will not be a total headache to repair when their batteries and other components begin stopping working in a couple of year’s time. Now, Apple simply requires to discover a method to bring this same repairability to its ludicrously popular true wireless AirPods.


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