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iFixit today began disassembling Apple's new AirPods Max headphones for one of its traditional device teardowns, with the aim of determining whether the AirPods Max are repairable to any degree or an "e-waste disaster." The teardown is in progress and will be updated over the course of the next few days.

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This is an early, partial disassembly that also includes a quick x-ray look inside the headphones. The x-ray view provides a glimpse at the battery cell in each ear cup, dual-ring speaker driver magnets, alignment magnets, brackets for microphones, and more.

iFixit did not find it easy to get into the AirPods Max and there was quite a bit of glue involved. There are two logic boards inside riddled with chips, which iFixit plans to identify later in more detail.

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So far, there are no other details available on the AirPods Max as the teardown is ongoing, but iFixit says that it will be updated over the coming days and there's "lots more to come" including some surprises for headphone fans.

Article Link: iFixit Starts Tearing Down AirPods Max
 

69Mustang

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I predict a low repair score as usual with Apple.
What exactly do you mean by as usual? Low repair score in general or low repair score for things that should get a low repair score? I ask because Apple's most popular item -the iPhone- always gets a good repair score. Certain things don't get a good repair score because they aren't meant to be repaired.
Let me guess. It get’s a zero for repairability. Honestly, the clickbait with these guys...
Let me guess. You've never seen an iPhone repairability score. The clickbait. :rolleyes:
 

Apple_Robert

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What exactly do you mean by as usual? Low repair score in general or low repair score for things that should get a low repair score? I ask because Apple's most popular item -the iPhone- always gets a good repair score. Certain things don't get a good repair score because they aren't meant to be repaired.

Let me guess. You've never seen an iPhone repairability score. The clickbait. :rolleyes:
My comment was in regards to what iFixit and many others in the right to repair camp believe Apple should change with design and build etc.
 

RedTheReader

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It all boils down to whether or not the battery is replaceable and if so, how difficult it is to replace it.

That’s it. That’s 95% of the repairability factor in regards to how long the product can last. The main issue with regular AirPods is that the battery can’t practically be replaced, so the entire headphones die. That’s what I’m hoping to see avoided here.
 

Maconplasma

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I don’t see the point of pulling apart a pair of headphones anyway that cost $899 because I wouldn’t be buying them at that price there’s nothing they would do that would make me spend that amount of money them no matter how many chips they put in them. To try and make them sound good.
Please clarify the country you are from because the AirPods Max are priced at $549 USD. Where are you getting $899?
 

Maconplasma

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Interesting how they JUMP on this, but took a month and a half to tear down an iPad Air 4.. Still no HomePod Mini teardown either.:rolleyes:
Well now you know iFixit is all about clickbait which really degrades the quality of what they used to be. They've just become another form of a YouTuber hungry for clicks. F-em.
 
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sw1tcher

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What exactly do you mean by as usual? Low repair score in general or low repair score for things that should get a low repair score? I ask because Apple's most popular item -the iPhone- always gets a good repair score. Certain things don't get a good repair score because they aren't meant to be repaired.

You're telling me only Mac that's meant to be repaired is the Mac Pro (9 out of 10) while every other Mac such as the 15" MacBook Pro (1 out of 10), 16" MacBook Pro (1 out of 10), or MacBook Air (3 out of 10) is to be thrown away and replaced with a new one when it stops working? :rolleyes:

Do you work for Apple?
 
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