AirPods Max teardown makes Sony and Bose headphones look ‘like toys’
iFixit’s lengthy within the making AirPods Max teardown is finally complete, giving an exhaustive take a look at the internals of Apple’s debut over-ear headphones and an concept of how straightforward they’re to restore. iFixit even went so far as to teardown Sony’s WH-1000XM4 and Bose’s NC 700 headphones for comparability. Till now, iFixit has refused to grant Apple a single repairability level for any of its AirPods, however the AirPods Max buck the development with a surprisingly excessive rating of six out of ten.
Why so excessive? Effectively, for starters, its ear cushions connect through magnets, making them straightforward to swap and exchange after they inevitably get worn out. There are additionally loads of inside elements held along with screws relatively than messy glue, which ought to make it straightforward for would-be repairers to swap them out in the event that they break.
iFixit is especially keen on the scarf hinge mechanism discovered between the band and the ear cups, which it notes will be indifferent “with only a SIM card elimination instrument or paperclip, with out even opening the ear cup.” It calls this “maybe essentially the most elaborate a part of the AirPods Max” and notes that it’s “each intricate and overbuilt, and may make the AirPods Max’s price ticket somewhat simpler to swallow.”
The headphones aren’t completely repairable by any means. Opening the AirPods Max includes coping with some messy adhesive, and whereas Apple has achieved an excellent job at utilizing screws to carry collectively their inside elements, iFixit factors out that it makes use of a bewilderingly completely different array for the job, which means you’ll need to be nicely outfitted with screwdriver heads to try a restore.
In comparison with different standard over-ear headphones, nevertheless, the AirPods Max honest nicely. As a part of its deep dive into Apple’s headphones, iFixit additionally tore down the cheaper Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 700, that are amongst our favourite noise-canceling headphones. But it surely notes that in comparison with the “obsessive craftsmanship” of Apple’s headphones, they find yourself wanting “like toys by comparability.”
Contemplating their eye-watering $550 price ticket, it’s reassuring to see that the AirPods Max gained’t be an entire nightmare to restore when their batteries and different elements begin failing in a few yr’s time. Now, Apple simply must discover a technique to convey this similar repairability to its ludicrously standard true wi-fi AirPods.
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