In what is probably Apple’s last major hardware announcement before we draw the curtains on 2020, Apple has today unveiled AirPods Max, its first pair of over-ear headphones, finally after many months of rumours.
The AirPod Max joins the existing AirPods family featuring a 40 mm tailored designed Dynamic Driver (DD) “that provides rich, deep bass, accurate mid-range, and crisp, clean high-frequency extension so every note can be heard,” according to Apple. In what the company defines as a “Custom Acoustic Design”, every part of the AirPods Max is carefully crafted to provide exceptional acoustic performance for every user.
Apple has incorporated a number of features from the existing AirPods line, this includes Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and Spatial Audio.
The headphones also feature the Apple Watch inspired Digital Crown which according to Apple, “offers precise volume control and the ability to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls, and activate Siri.”
AirPods Max features a battery life of up to 20 hours with Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio enabled. It charges via Apple’s lightning connector and comes with a soft, slim Smart Case that puts the headphones in an ultralow-power state that helps to preserve battery charge when not in use.
Prices at USD 549 / SGD 849, the AirPods Max is available in five colours, space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink, and are available to order starting today, with availability beginning Tuesday, December 15.