Apple announces AirPods Max headphones, priced at $549
Apple has announced its long-rumored over-ear AirPods Max headphones, which feature a custom acoustic design, H1 chips, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and spatial audio.
Launching in five colors, including space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink, the new over-ear headphones are available to order starting today priced at $549, with availability beginning Tuesday, December 15.
AirPods Max “feature a 40-mm Apple-designed dynamic driver that provides rich, deep bass, accurate mid-ranges, and crisp, clean high-frequency extension so every note can be heard.” The headphones offer Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, Spatial Audio, Automatic device switching, Audio Sharing, and Hey Siri.
The headphones come with a new color-matching slim Smart Case that puts the headphones in what Apple describes as an “ultralow-power state” that helps to preserve battery charge when not in use.
“AirPods are the most popular headphones in the world, beloved for their effortless setup, incredible sound quality, and iconic design. With AirPods Max, we are bringing that magical AirPods experience to a stunning over-ear design with high-fidelity audio,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The custom acoustic design, combined with powerful H1 chips, and advanced software enable AirPods Max to use computational audio to wirelessly deliver the ultimate personal listening experience.”
Apple touts that the headphones offer up to 20 hours of high-fidelity audio, talk time, or movie playback with Active Noise Cancellation and spatial audio enabled.
AirPods Max are available to order starting today for $549 (US) from apple.com and in the Apple Store app in the US and more than 25 other countries and regions. AppleCare+ coverage is priced at $59. AirPods Max will begin shipping on Tuesday, December 15.