AirPods Max disassembled – what’s inside the headphones for 63 thousand rubles?

The oversized AirPods Max earbuds raised too many doubts – the reasons for which were obvious. Their price: 62,990 rubles, for headphones! The price is challenging, but they turned out to be more expensive than the Bose NC 700 and Sony WH-1000XM4, which did not fit into any gate. And their smart case (Smart Case), as it were softer – evokes strange associations, mostly indecent. There is still something good in the AirPods Max (their sound pleasantly surprised the experts), but the negative clearly prevailed. Until the opening of the AirPods Max took place and did not lead to more than interesting discoveries and even to a sensational conclusion.

Inside AirPods Max turned out to be even cooler than outside

Forget about the price, the crazy case, the moisture that condenses in the cups – iFixit did a full opening of the AirPods Max and compared them with competitors: Bose NC 700 and Sony WH-1000XM4. iFixit opened them, detailed reports have been preserved.

If you have forgotten how the confrontation between the phone from Apple and traditional smartphones ended, let me remind you: the iPhone crushed them to smithereens.

AirPods Max inside

AirPods Max hit the hands of iFixit back in December. Since none of the AirPods have survived a full autopsy, and I wanted to know these headphones better, the autopsy was postponed until January, limiting itself to examining the “patient” in X-rays with the help of Creative Electron.

AirPods Max in X-rays

It turned out that the left and right ear cups are not the same. AirPods Max has two batteries – both housed in the same earbud. And since both earbuds weigh about the same, and the batteries have weight, how is it compensated in the other earbud?

The X-ray did not answer this question. The set of elements and the shape of the motherboard in the left and right headphones are different. Well, magnets, Apple is passionate about them. Experts did not identify any anomalies or sensations – but the happy owners of AirPods Max discovered them one after another, and they were all with a minus sign – for example, some of them drain their Max batteries in a crazy case faster than if they were simply left on table. Perhaps they are simply being placed incorrectly? Everything was sad and hopeless. Before the headphones were opened and they saw what was inside.

Looks like an iPhone inside

Inside, AirPods Max look more like an elite mechanical watch than an electronic device. The level of engineering is amazing and shocking. You should get used to such surprises from Apple by now – but they manage to surprise us again and again. About a hundred prototypes and how Max was developed, its creators told, but to appreciate their story, you had to get to the insides of AirPods Max and see how they work.

Not everything is known about the capabilities of the swivel mechanism. One of these features can be used right now, without even disassembling the headphones completely – but it is clearly not the last. This is a great occasion for a “More Something” section at one of Apple’s special events in the near future. You do not need to completely disassemble the earphone to detach it from the headband. This can be done, for example, with a SIM eject tool or a paper clip. In the iOS 14.4 beta, it is possible to determine the type of headband used by AirPods Max paired with iPhone.

AirPods Max found the ability to replace the headband

According to the original concept, full-size headphones assumed the ability to choose the color and shape of the headband, the color of the ear cushions and something else. This would be great for both the consumer and Apple (you can make good money on this, like on Apple Watch straps). The concept is ambitious and winning, Apple could not refuse it – and it seems they did not refuse. They continue to work on it. Unlike the AirPods Max themselves, you cannot present it with a press release – everything needs to be shown, to prove that it is cool, and simple, and wonderful. All the rest – later.

New models (AirPods Sport are already rumored), accessories for them, and among them – Apple’s proprietary tool for detaching the headphone cup from the headband, for only 100 dollars.

They say that Apple, after four years of work on full-size headphones, could not develop touch-control for them, did not master it – and hastily, in order to meet the deadline, screwed the watch crown to the headphones. The thoroughness and subtlety of the elaboration speaks for another. And by the way, the rotary knob (mechanical) is the most convenient and natural way to control sound volume. Optimal. And on top of that, the digital crown in AirPods Max is three times larger than in the Apple Watch.

AirPods Max maintainability

The headphones turned out to be surprisingly repairable

AirPods Max is the first AirPods with non-zero maintainability. iFixit rated her in 6 points out of 10 possible. Most of the structural elements are fixed with screws, not glue. Glue is used, but rarely and carefully. The screws used are different, mostly unusual, and some of them are also tricky, they do not need to be unscrewed, but turned about a quarter of a turn to disconnect the element. Even abatteries are replaceable… At least physically. Will the new battery need to be registered in Apple’s cloud-based configuration database? Almost certainly. But let’s not bother with it yet.

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