It wouldn’t make sense for Apple to release an enhanced version of its bestselling in-ear earphones, considering the game-changing AirPods Pro is one of the best in the industry, all thanks to the Active Noise Cancellation technology that cancels external unwanted sound to give you an immersive experience all-around. But to create a new over-ear headphone? Now that’s unexpected, especially for fans of all things Apple. Coined AirPods Max, the over-ear headphone comes with a minimalistic look-and-feel (as with all Apple products), combining both form and function, thanks to the breathable knit mesh canopy and stainless steel frame.
Not only does it maintain a delicate balance of on-head pressure, but the frame is smooth and soft to the touch as well, and the telescoping arms will extend easily to fit most users. Rounding up the finishing touches would be the anodised aluminium cups, complete with a custom-designed ear cushion that will stay comfortable for extended periods. Another nifty function includes the Digital Crown (similar to the ones on your Apple Watch), allowing you to control volume, switch tracks and even answer phone calls or activate Siri with the touch of a button.
The golden question on everyone’s lips? How powerful is the device for it to warrant the SGD849 price tag? Well, for one, it comes with the Active Noise Cancellation feature, along with an enhanced custom-built driver that allows for a wider audible range and crisp, clean clarity. The AirPods Max also features 6 outward-facing microphones and 2 inward-facing microphones for unparalleled listening, guaranteeing you distortionless playback with the driver’s dual-neodymium ring magnet that reduces harmonic distortion even at maximum volume.
Most importantly, the device has 20 hours of listening even with Active Noise Cancelling and spatial audio (tracking the subtle motion of your head to create a theatre-like sound) enabled. Just like the AirPods and AirPods Pro, the AirPods Max is also easy to set up, with a one-tap system that can be connected easily to your iPad and iPhone.
There’s currently no word on the official launch date, but you can head over to Apple Singapore and look at the 5 colours that the device will be made available in. There’s the standard Silver and Space Grey options, along with chirpier tones like Green, Pink and Sky Blue for those adventurous enough to go with colour.