As night follows day, when a new gadget is released, the Exploded view of iFixit is never more than two weeks away. Today society has shredded the new AirPods Max, noting that – unlike conventional AirPods – they are “quite usable”. It is indeed possible to tear these cans into pieces (if you’re not clumsy) if, most importantly, you have around a million specialty screwdrivers on hand at all times.
One of the most encouraging things is that Apple has ruled out glue and solder for several key components. And while it’s not for the faint hearted, you can access (and remove) the battery and the Lightning port, two likely points of failure for any pair of headphones. In total, Cans scored six out of 10, the first time an AirPods product has managed to earn points for repairability.