When Ifixit opened Airpods Max and started disassembling the different parts, it turned out that they are something completely different from other Airpods models. In fact, they are some of Apple’s most repairable gadgets in several years, and the build quality is, to say the least, solid.
The first discovery is the ingenious way in which you remove the covers from the jumper. Push a swimming card tool or similar into a small hole behind the ear cushion and it will come loose. It looks about as simple as removing the bracelet from the Apple Watch. This means that it is technically possible to replace the jumper, although we do not know if Apple will offer such repairs.
The hinge is another point Ifixit fixes on: Apple has made an extra effort to make it resistant to wear.
Ifixit gives Airpods Max a rating of 6 out of 10 in repairability, which can be compared with regular Airpods and Airpods Pro which received 0 out of 10, and the same rating as all Iphone models released in 2020 received.
Disassembled, the Airpods Max, according to Ifixit’s competitors Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose NC 700, look like toys, and Apple’s craftsmanship is more reminiscent of a mechanical watch than a few headphones.