The Apple AirPods Max headphones just got officially announced! (Not AirPods Studio)


When Apple stopped selling headphones from rival brands, it became clear that the Cupertino company is preparing to announce its own new over-ear headphones. We initially expected the long-awaited AirPods Studio to be announced at the iPhone 12 5G October event, but that didn’t happen.
Next, the AirPods Studio were rumored to get official at Apple’s November 10 “One More Thing” event, but it primarily focused on Apple’s new ARM-powered (M1) MacBooks.A later rumor based on an internal memo at Apple claimed that a new Apple product will be getting announced on December 8th. And since there really isn’t much else for us to expect from Apple by now, that product indeed turned out to be the long-awaited AirPods Studio.Except, the headphones are actually called AirPods Max!

AirPods Max price officially announced

  • The AirPods Max cost $549

Several leaks had suggested that the Apple’s new AirPods Max will start at around $350. Apple has now confirmed that the headphones will be priced quite above that, at $549. They will be shipping on December 15th and can be ordered right now.

AirPods Max have a classic design and are not modular

As the leaks had suggested, the AirPods Max feature a fairly classic headphone design with oval cans held by a metal frame. However, the headphones aren’t modular, as some leakers had claimed.

According to Apple, the AirPods Max feature “incredible high-fidelity audio”, adaptive EQ (sound equalization), Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio. Each earcup can independently pivot and rotate, in order to adapt to the user’s head. The earcups’ cushions are made out of memory foam, with Apple claiming an effective seal for passive noise isolation.

A digital crown, similar to the one found on Apple Watch is used for volume control. It can also be used to play and pause music, skip tracks, answer phone calls and of course, activate Siri.

The new headphones feature a 40-mm Apple-designed dynamic driver, which Apple says provides rich and deep bass, accurate mids, and crisp and clean highs. Powering the AirPods Max is Apple’s H1 chip, one in each earcup. Apple says that each chip is capable of “computational audio powers” that will be utilized for ANC (Active Noise Cancellation), among other features.

The AirPods Max will be available in five colors:

  • Space gray
  • Silver
  • Sky blue
  • Green
  • Pink

AirPods Max confirmed features

As we expected, Apple’s virtual assistant Siri is integrated with the AirPods Max, but what’s more interesting is that the headphones feature orientation detection. This means that you needn’t worry about which ear pad should go on your left ear and which should go on your right one. The headphones will sound correctly regardless of how you put them on, as they will automatically adjust the left and right channels to play on your left and right ear, respectively. In addition to this, the headphones can detect when they’re on the user’s head, and can pause the music if they’re not, or even if the user takes off only one of the cups.

  • Adaptive EQ: This feature will adjust the sound (low and mid-frequencies) in real time, according to the fit and seal of the ear cushions, in an effort to provide the best listening experience.
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Like most premium headphones, the AirPods Max has ANC. It will utilize three outward-facing microphones found in each cup, in order to detect environmental noise.
  • Transparency Mode: This feature will allow users to listen to their music while also being able to hear the environment around them.
  • Spatial Audio: According to Apple, the AirPods Max use “spatial audio with dynamic head tracking to place sounds virtually anywhere in a space — delivering an immersive, theaterlike experience for content recorded in 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos.”

AirPods Max battery life and Smart Case accessory

  • Up to 20 hours with Active Noise Cancellation on
  • 5 minutes of charge time will provide around 1.5 hours of listening time

According to Apple, with ANC and spatial audio on, the AirPods Max will be able to last up to 20 hours on a single battery charge. Apple will be selling the AirPods Max bundled with a Smart Case, that will be able to put the headphones in an “ultralow power state”, which Apple says helps to preserve their battery charge when not in use.

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