Apple today introduced new wireless over-ear headphones called AirPods Max, with key features including high-fidelity audio, Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio. The headphones are priced at $549 in the United States and available to order starting today on Apple.com and in the Apple Store app, with shipments beginning December 15.
AirPods Max come in five colors, including space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink. Apple says the headphones feature a “breathable knit mesh” spanning the stainless steel headband that distributes weight to reduce on-head pressure.
AirPods Max feature a 40-mm Apple-designed dynamic driver that is said to provide “rich, deep bass, accurate mid-ranges, and crisp, clean high-frequency extension.” Each ear cup is equipped with Apple’s H1 chip for “computational audio” to deliver the “highest quality listening experience possible,” according to Apple.
Similar to the Apple Watch, AirPods Max feature a Digital Crown on one ear cup for precise volume control and the ability to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls, and activate Siri voice control.
AirPods Max come with a carrying case called the “Smart Case” and a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box.