Apple’s $549 AirPods Max are over-ear noise-canceling headphones that offer 20-hour battery life

They are a direct rival to Sony WH1000XM4 and Bose 700.

iPhone-maker Apple surprised the world by launching the long-rumored AirPods Max yesterday. Apple’s website claims that over-ear headphones are an amalgamation of AirPods and “high-fidelity audio.” They are priced at $549 or ₹59,900. The overall design of the AirPods Max exudes the typical Apple premium vibe.

The headphones are available in silver, space gray, pink, green, and sky blue. Like Sony and Bose headphones, AirPods Max has the ability to play or pause audio, skip tracks, answer or end phone calls, and activate Siri. Users can also switch between transparency modes and noise-canceling.

On the design, Apple says, “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.”

The statement adds, “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.”

As for other features, the AirPods Max offers 20-hour battery life, and a five-minute top-up gets you 90 minutes of playback time. They also automatically pause the audio when the wearer removes it from the ears; once they are put back on, they resume. The headphones come in a ‘smart case – which isn’t a protective hardshell case –  which puts them into a low-power state.  The AirPods Max is expected to go on sale on December 15th.

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