After a long wait of rumors and leaks, Apple has finally unveiled its over-ear noise-cancelling headphones dubbed as AirPods Max priced at $549 available from December 15th in the United States.
Apple AirPods Max are available in five space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink color options.
Apple notes that the AirPods Max headphones offers a “custom acoustic design” with a 40mm driver system that provides rich, deep bass, accurate mid-ranges and crisp, clean high-frequency extension so that each and every note of the sound can be heard.
For the design of the device, Apple notes:
The breathable knit mesh canopy, spanning the headband, is made to distribute weight and reduce on-head pressure. The stainless steel headband frame provides strength, flexibility, and comfort for a wide variety of head shapes and sizes. Telescoping headband arms smoothly extend and stay in place to maintain the desired fit.
Each ear cup attaches to the headband through a revolutionary mechanism that balances and distributes ear cup pressure, and allows it to independently pivot and rotate to fit the unique contours of a user’s head.
The company has added several features that were introduced with the AirPods like adaptive EQ, transparency mode, spatial audio, and audio sharing. It also features the Digital Crown from the Apple Watch that offers precise volume control, ability to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls and it can also activate Siri.
Apple is using the similar approach as of Bose, Sony and other companies for noise cancellation system that produces anti-noise to silent the external sounds by using six outward-facing microphones and two inward-facing microphones measures what you are hearing to cancel out any additional distractions.
It also features a dedicated ‘noise control’ button for switching between noise-cancelling and transparency modes. The device pause the music when the headphones are removed from the ears and turns on automatically when you put them back on.
The ear cushions on the headphones are removable and attach via magnets making it comfortable for replacing them.
The AirPods Max offers up to 20-hour battery life and charge over Apple’s Lightning connector (Apple also sells a Lightning to 3.5mm cable for using the headphones using wires for $35). It offers about 90 minutes of music playback with just five minutes of charge.