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Apple stealthily announced the AirPods Max, its first pair of over-ear headphones in an update to its online shop today. Below is everything we know about the headphones so far — we’ll be sure to add more information as it becomes available.
When Will The Headphones Be Released?
AirPods Max are coming out on December 15.
How Much Do They Cost?
The over-ear headphones retail for $549. That’s $300 more than the company’s AirPods Pro, its premium pair of totally wireless earbuds.
How Do They Sound?
We haven’t gotten a chance to hear AirPods Max yet, but Apple’s AirPods Pro have impressed us quite a bit. Apple says it modeled the drivers in its headphones after the ones found in high-end floor standing speakers to offer extreme accuracy every time you listen.
Do They Support Active Noise Cancellation?
Yes, AirPods Max support active noise cancellation, spatial audio (simulated surround sound), and transparency mode (filter some outside noise into the headphones).
How Much Battery Life Do They Get?
Apple says the AirPods Max get up to 20 hours of music playback, movie payback, or talk-time per charge. The headphones charge via Apple’s Lightning connector, and you can get 1.5 hours of listening time off a five minute quick-charge.
Do They Come With A Case?
Yes, Apple ships the AirPods Max with a case, which puts the headphones in an “ultra low-power mode” to maximize battery life when they’re inside. This is different than the case Apple includes with the AirPods Pro earbuds, which actually charge the headphones.
Do They Come In Different Colors?
Yes, unlike AirPods Pro, AirPods Max is available in five two-tone colorways: Silver, Space Gray, Sky Blue, Pink, and Green.
Can You Use Siri With AirPods Max?
Yes, the AirPods Max support always-on Siri, which means you can invoke Apple’s smart assistant at any time without touching your phone. Like AirPods Pro, you can set the headphones to automatically relay any incoming text messages, and respond totally hands-free.
Do They Have Other “Smart” Features?
AirPods Max do support a handful of smart features, including “adaptive EQ,” which optimizes sound by analyzing what you’re listening to and adjusting the frequencies of your music accordingly.
The headphones can switch seamlessly between Apple devices thanks to the company’s H1 chip, and AirPods Max can pause your music if they sense you’ve taken them off your head.