iFixit specialists arranged a traditional disassembly of AirPods Max and talked about this device’s design features. For comparison, they also had to disassemble competing Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 700 headphones. At the same time, iFixit checked how well the new product lends itself to repair. And unlike previous AirPods, the Max model scored a relatively high maintainability score.
With the Disassembly of AirPods Max into individual components, iFixit experts assigned the new Apple AirPods Max a repairability rating of 6 out of 10. Note, a maximum score of 10 corresponds to the most easily repairable devices. Thus, the model in question is relatively well repairable.
The novelty was awarded such a high score for several reasons. First, the earpads are magnetically attached, making them easy to remove and replace when inevitably worn out. Second, many of the internal components are held in place with screws rather than glue, which should make them easier to replace in the event of a breakdown. However, it was still not possible to completely abandon the glue.
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Disassembly of AirPods Max
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iFixit particularly appreciated the swivel headband mechanism located between the strap and the ear cups. It can be detached “with just a SIM eject tool or paper clip, without even opening the bowl.” IFixit calls this system “possibly the most complex part of the AirPods Max.”
The other, cheaper, noise-canceling competitors (Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 00) look like toys compared to the “craftsman-obsessed” Apple AirPods Max.