To put an end to the leaks and rumors, Apple has released its final hardware product of 2020: AirPods Max. They are the company’s first on-ear headphones with support for Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), adaptive equalizer, spatial audio, and more. AirPods Max has come at a high asking price compared to the popular noise-canceling headphones available on the market.
AirPods Max: Specifications
The design of the AirPods Max (previously known as AirPods Studio, according to the leaks) is very similar to the leaked CAD renders. It features a stainless steel headband with a breathable knit mesh canopy. This mesh design, Apple says, will reduce pressure on the head and be comfortable for a variety of head shapes and sizes.
The headphones look premium quality and have a glossy matte finish. Memory foam ear cushions look very comfortable too. And now, prepare to be surprised as the company has brought a feature from the Apple Watch to the headphones. AirPods Max has a digital crown. “It offers precise volume control and the ability to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls, and activate Siri,” says Apple.
According to Apple, the headphones feature a “custom acoustic design” and each earbud houses an Apple-designed 40mm driver. “It will deliver deep, rich bass, accurate midrange, also crisp, clean high-frequency extension,” according to this blog post. AirPods Max is equipped with the company’s H1 chip, one in each earbud. This 10-core audio chip is capable of 9 billion operations per second and provides a breakthrough in computational audio for AirPods.
As for the feature set, the H1 chip enables many well-known features in this pair of ANC headphones. AirPods Max supports Adaptive EQ, transparency mode, spatial audio, and even shared audio. If you’ve ever used AirPods, you would already know what these features are. Otherwise, you can read about the mentioned features in detail here.
“With AirPods Max, we are making that magical AirPods experience to some stunning over-ear design by high-fidelity audio. This custom acoustic design, combined with powerful H1 chips, also advanced software enables AirPods Max to create computational audio to wirelessly deliver the ultimate personal listening experience,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of marketing official blog post.
Talking about active noise cancelation, Apple says that each ear cup is equipped with three outward-facing microphones also one microphone on the inside. While the former is used to detect environmental noise, the latter monitors the sound reaching the listener’s ear. It connects all the data also adapts this ANC based on this user’s fit, movement, also noise.
When it comes to battery life, Apple promises up to 20 hours of playtime on AirPods Max. You can extract more from the headphones by turning off ANC and spatial audio. They charge through the company’s proprietary Lightning port and not through USB Type-C like the iPad Pro.
AirPods Max: India Price and Availability
These AirPods Max headphones are priced at Rs. 59,900 in India also $ 549 in the US It is now available for pre-order also will go on purchase starting December 15. These headphones will be available in five color variants, including space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink.
This AirPods Max will compete among other popular noise-canceling headphones such as the Sony WH-1000XM4 also Bose 700. So will it drop Rs.60,000 on this AirPods Max or is it too expensive.