Apple’s AirPods Max are a year old — and the case is still atrocious

How time flies. It feels like last week when Apple announced the AirPods Max, its first proper pair of over-ear headphones.

At the time, the launch SEEMED momentous. People were shocked/appalled/excited about the headphones and Apple‘s aspirations, but a year later? There’s an overwhelming sense of “meh” around the devices.

Much of this, I’m sure, is down to the inherent flaws in the AirPods Max. I’ve written about this extensively in the past, but I’ll sum up the major issues with them again:

On their own, none of these are a dealbreaker. The positives of the AirPods Max roughly balance much of the above out.

But there is one element of the over-ear headphones I can’t excuse: the case.