From mini Lightning connector to interchangeable bands
Not long ago we saw how someone managed remove the headband from the AirPod Max and showed a kind of mini Lightning connector like the one used to charge the iPhone and other company devices. Well, now that iFixIt has made its traditional breakdown of Apple’s most ambitious headphones, new details have been discovered and one that could be very lucrative for the company if they decide to do what many already imagine: sell headbands in the style of the Apple Watch straps.
Let’s go by parts. iFixIt is a company that has spent years making explorations of different technological products and each and every one of those launched by Apple. Not surprisingly, they do not live only on these explorations and guides that they publish to know step by step how to change some internal element of a Mac, iPhone, iPad, etc., also from the sale of spare parts.
However, most of them are interested in knowing those hidden details They offer many products, but are only accessible when disassembled. The AirPod Max are no exception and they also hide the odd interesting secret.
To begin with we have that the two pads or headphones integrate a driver or 40mm driver, two Apple H1 chips and a total of eight microphones that serve to reinforce the experience with the noise cancellation system as well as interchangeable ear pads through a magnetic system. But these pads aren’t the only interchangeable thing.
The most striking thing about the entire iFixIt breakdown is that the headband that connects both headphones can be removed and doing so is very simple. Simply insert a small spike, such as the one used for example to remove the SIM tray from an iPhone or any other smartphone, through a small hole nearby and after removing the pads to make it loose.
What does this ease mean when removing the headband? Well, it could be a simple detail of those that obsess the company, a way to facilitate the repair or replacement of the pad that at some point may be failing or a clue of the future plans that the company could have to sell new bands in the style of the Apple Watch straps.
Headbands to sell Apple Watch style
Of all the theories that could be counted, the one that is making the most noise is that Apple could sell headbands with different finishes in the style of what you do with Apple Watch straps. And the truth is that it makes a lot of sense if we remember that initially there was talk of that possibility, Apple created customizable headphones.
As the AirPods Max are designed, the strategy of the Apple Watch could be perfectly followed, where you have the steel or aluminum case and an extensive catalog of straps to choose from. With the new headphones, the company could not only sell the pads as a replacement for when they deteriorate, but also offer them in different finishes such as leather. And of course, if you are going to offer cushions of that type, it is important that the headband matches.
So, either it is something designed to facilitate the introduction of new versions by Apple in the form of AirPod Max Sport, AirPod Max Nike, AirPod Max Hermès, etc., or at some point we could see a AirPod Max Studio where you would choose the color of the headphones, then a type of headband and ear pads to create your own style.
Who knows, but it sure didn’t take long to find out or Apple to confirm it. If they do, seeing what they are capable of entering with Apple Watch straps, we are still facing another great business for the company and a new obsession for users with a collector’s soul or who like to have a product that adapts to them according to your style or clothing of each moment.
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