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Apple announces AirPods Max

In what is probably Apple’s last major hardware announcement before we draw the curtains on 2020, Apple has today unveiled AirPods Max, its first pair of over-ear headphones, finally after many months of rumours.

Apple Airpods Max with user
Image credit: Apple

The AirPod Max joins the existing AirPods family featuring a 40 mm tailored designed Dynamic Driver (DD) “that provides rich, deep bass, accurate mid-range, and crisp, clean high-frequency extension so every note can be heard,” according to Apple. In what the company defines as a “Custom Acoustic Design”, every part of the AirPods Max is carefully crafted to provide exceptional acoustic performance for every user.

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. Each ear cushion uses acoustically engineered memory foam to create an effective seal — a critical factor in delivering immersive sound.


Apple has incorporated a number of features from the existing AirPods line, this includes Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and Spatial Audio.

The headphones also feature the Apple Watch inspired Digital Crown which according to Apple, “offers precise volume control and the ability to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls, and activate Siri.”

Apple Airpods Max - Crown
Image credit: Apple

AirPods Max features a battery life of up to 20 hours with Active Noise Cancellation, and spatial audio enabled. It charges via Apple’s lightning connector and comes with a soft, slim Smart Case that puts the headphones in an ultralow-power state that helps to preserve battery charge when not in use.

Prices at USD 549 / SGD 849, the AirPods Max is available in five colours, space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink, and are available to order starting today, with availability beginning Tuesday, December 15.

Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow
Goh Beng Yeow, the Founder / Editor at Porta-Fi™, is a recipient of the IT Youth Award in Singapore. Twice nominated for EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, Beng Yeow has previously founded startups such as PDALive.com, Coded Pixels Consultants and was a Tech writer for TODAY, a national daily newspaper under MediaCorp. Since 2017, he has been writing, editing and producing commentaries, interviews, news and reviews on Porta-Fi™. In 2019, Beng Yeow was appointed Advisor to LHDC™, the industry's latest low latency and high-definition Bluetooth audio codec.

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