AirPods Max teardown makes Sony and Bose headphones look ‘like toys’ – Circuit Breaker3 min read

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The inside of what iFixit calls “perhaps the most sophisticated part” of the headphones.

iFixit is especially keen on the headband hinge system discovered in between the ear and the band cups, which it keeps in mind can be removed “with just a SIM card elimination tool or paperclip, without even opening the ear cup.” It calls this “possibly the most elaborate part of the AirPods Max” and keeps in mind that its “both overbuilt and intricate, and might make the AirPods Maxs cost tag a little easier to swallow.”
The earphones arent completely repairable by any means. Opening the AirPods Max includes handling some unpleasant adhesive, and while Apple has done a good task at using screws to hold together their internal elements, iFixit points out that it utilizes a bewilderingly various variety for the job, indicating youll need to be well equipped with screwdriver heads to attempt a repair work.

Compared to other popular over-ear earphones, however, the AirPods Max reasonable well. As part of its deep dive into Apples earphones, iFixit also took apart the less expensive Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 700, which are amongst our favorite noise-canceling earphones. But it keeps in mind that compared to the “compulsive craftsmanship” of Apples headphones, they wind up looking “like toys by comparison.”
Considering their eye-watering $550 price, its reassuring to see that the AirPods Max will not be a complete headache to repair when their batteries and other parts begin failing in a couple of years time. Now, Apple simply needs to find a way to bring this same repairability to its ludicrously popular real cordless AirPods.

Till now, iFixit has actually declined to give Apple a single repairability point for any of its AirPods, but the AirPods Max buck the pattern with a surprisingly high rating of six out of 10.
Compared to other popular over-ear earphones, however, the AirPods Max reasonable well. As part of its deep dive into Apples earphones, iFixit also tore down the less expensive Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 700, which are amongst our preferred noise-canceling headphones. It notes that compared to the “compulsive craftsmanship” of Apples earphones, they end up looking “like toys by contrast.”

Theres some adhesive in the method of repair work.

iFixits long in the making AirPods Max teardown is finally total, giving an extensive look at the internals of Apples launching over-ear headphones and an idea of how simple they are to repair. iFixit even went as far as to teardown Sonys WH-1000XM4 and Boses NC 700 earphones for comparison. Previously, iFixit has refused to give 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 ten.
Why so high? Well, for beginners, its ear cushions connect through magnets, making them easy to replace and switch when they inevitably get worn. There are likewise lots of internal components held together with screws instead of messy glue, which need to make it simple for potential repairers to switch them out if they break.

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

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