After months of rumors and speculation, Apple has finally launched its first-ever over-ear headphones. Called the AirPods Max, the headphones feature high-fidelity audio, adaptive EQ, active noise cancellation, and spatial audio. The new H1 chipset powers the Apple AirPods Max. The headphones have been announced in five different colors – space grey, silver, sky blue, green, and pink. “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.
Apple AirPods Max: Pricing, orders, shipping details
The Apple AirPods Max is priced at Rs 59,900. The headphones are available to order on the Apple India website and at Apple authorized resellers. AirPods Max will begin shipping on Tuesday, 15 December in India and 25 other global markets.
Apple AirPods Max: Compatibility
The Apple AirPods Max requires Apple devices running iOS 14.3 or later, iPad 14.3 or later, macOS Big Sur 11.1 or later, watchOS 7.2 or later, or tvOS 14.3 or later.
Apple AirPods Max: Connectivity and set-up
The AirPods Max uses a one-tap setup that uses automatic pairing with all the devices signed in to a user’s iCloud account, including iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV.
The AirPods Max automatically detect when they are on a user’s head using the optical and position sensors. Once in place, AirPods Max plays audio and can pause once removed or when the user lifts one ear cup.
Apple AirPods Max: Features and specifications
The AirPods Max has a stainless steel build and extendable headband arms. Both ear cups use a mechanism that balances and distributes ear cup pressure. The ear cups use memory foam and can independently pivot and rotate to fit different people’s heads.
The AirPods Max features a Digital Crown, inspired by Apple Watch, which will let a user control volume, play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls, and activate Siri.
AirPods Max features a 40-mm dynamic driver. The headphone also features a dual neodymium ring magnet motor, which is supposed to allow the AirPods Max to “maintain total harmonic distortion of less than 1 percent across the entire audible range, even at maximum volume”.
The AirPods Max is powered by an H1 chip in each ear cup and uses computational audio. An H1 chip has 10 audio cores and is capable of 9 billion operations per second.
Apple claims that AirPods Max can offer up to 20 hours of high-fidelity audio, talk time, or movie playback with Active Noise Cancellation and spatial audio enabled.
Additionally, AirPods Max comes with a Smart Case that puts AirPods Max in an ultralow-power state to preserve battery charge when not in use.