Apple released its first full-size AirPods Max headphones
After a series of rumors, Apple still unveiled its first on-ear headphones, dubbed the AirPods Max. They support all the proprietary features of other AirPods models, such as the easiest connection to Apple technology, active noise cancellation, and surround sound technologies.
AirPods Max has been designed to fit optimally around any head shape. The wide upper part of the headband made of breathable mesh fabric evenly distributes the weight of the headphones, while the telescopic headband locks into position for a perfect fit to your ears. Headphone controls, including adjusting volume, switching tracks, answering phone calls, and calling Siri, are all done using the Digital Crown familiar from Apple Watch.
The headphones use 40mm, dynamic drivers, with two ring neodymium magnets. The company assures that by the principle of operation they are similar to the speakers in professional floor-standing speakers. Each earpiece is equipped with one Apple H1 10-core processor. They block external noise and adjust the sound based on the position and fit of the headphones.
The AirPods Max uses eight microphones to operate the noise-canceling system: six are directed outward and pick up external noise, and two more are directed inward and evaluate the sound that the user hears. Directional microphones recognize the wearer's voice while talking on the phone, so that the other person hears it well in all conditions.
The adaptive equalizer function adjusts the sound based on the position of the headphones on the head. To do this, inward-facing microphones measure the characteristics of the audio that the user hears. Based on the received data, the frequencies are adjusted. When watching movies and TV shows, spatial audio and Dynamic Head Tracking create a sense of surround sound.
On a single charge, AirPods Max can work up to 20 hours of listening to music, watching movies, and talking on the phone. They are charged through the proprietary Lightning connector. It is indicated that 5 minutes of charging is enough for 1.5 hours of listening.
The headphones will go on sale on December 15. In the US, they cost $549. The package includes a proprietary soft storage case and a Lightning to USB Type-C cable.