Apple launched its year-end hardware surprise – the Apple AirPods Max wireless headphones. These incorporate AirPod technology into an on-ear headphone design. Apple to release AirPods Max headphones on Tuesday 15the December but pre-orders are available immediately.
Apple’s new on-ear design includes a number of key technologies, such as; custom acoustic design, H1 chips and advanced software to power computer audio for a revolutionary listening experience with Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode and spatial audio.
Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of global marketing, called the AirPods Max an on-ear design based on the “Magical AirPods Experience” with high fidelity audio for “the ultimate personal listening experience”.
Inside the AirPods Max are custom-designed 40mm dynamic drivers that are supposed to produce “Rich, deep bass, crisp mids and crisp, crisp high frequencies” ring. In addition, the design includes a “The unique dual neodymium ring magnet motor allows AirPods Max to maintain less than 1% total harmonic distortion over the entire audible range, even at maximum volume.” Apple said. Each earbud features a deca-core Apple H1 chip capable of 9 billion operations per second for enhancements and compute audio functionality.
For audio input, the Apple AirPods Max headphones include beamforming microphones that block out ambient noise and focus on the user’s voice.
The intelligence of AirPods Max goes beyond the pure listening experience because, for example, the headband’s optical and positional sensors detect users wearing these headphones.
Users interact with the AIrPods Max via the Apple Watch-inspired digital crown, which will allow precise control of volume levels, as well as the ability to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls and activate Siri. .
Turning to the topic of construction, Apple says the AirPods Max use a stainless steel frame, with a breathable, knitted mesh cover to comfortably distribute pressure over the head. The telescoping arms of the headband extend smoothly and stay in place to maintain the desired fit. Plus, each ear cup attaches to the headband to provide balanced pressure for an effective memory foam ear seal.
Users can expect around 20 hours of battery life for high fidelity sound, talk time, or movie playback with active noise cancellation and spatial audio enabled. AirPods Max come with a thin and soft carrying case that puts them in an ultra-low power state for transport.
As mentioned in the intro, the AIrPods Max headphones will be available from Tuesday 15the December but can be pre-ordered now. You can choose one of five colors; space gray, silver, sky blue, green and pink. The price is US $ 549 / £ 549 GBP.