Apple Airpods Max: price, colors, features and how to pre-order

With less than a week to go until the AirPods Max hit shelves, here’s how you can pre-order Apple’s latest piece of must-have kit.

Apple Airpods Max: price, colors, features and how to pre-order
Apple Press Release

For iPhone fans who prefer an over-ear headphone for a richer musical experience (as well the air of “serious music lover” that such large headphones can generate), the release of the AirPods max will come as exciting news.

This will be Apple’s first foray into over-ear headpieces, with the AirPods looking primed to give other high-end earphone from the likes of Bose, Sennheiser and Beats by Dre a run for their money.

AirPods Max: Release date and price

According to Apple's press release, the AirPods Max will launch on Tuesday, 15 December, and cost a whopping $549. While the AirPods max are double the price of the AirPods Pro, it must be kept in mind that your chances of dropping them down a gutter or on a subway railway line will become infinitesimally smaller.

AirPods Max: Features

“AirPods Max feature a 40-mm Apple-designed dynamic driver that provides rich, deep bass, accurate mid-ranges, and crisp, clean high-frequency extension so every note can be heard. A unique dual neodymium ring magnet motor allows AirPods Max to maintain total harmonic distortion of less than 1 percent across the entire audible range, even at maximum volume,” reads the Apple press release.

“Equipped with an Apple-designed H1 chip in each ear cup, a custom acoustic design, and advanced software, AirPods Max use computational audio to deliver the highest quality listening experience possible. Utilizing each of the chips’ 10 audio cores — capable of 9 billion operations per second — computational audio powers a breakthrough listening experience that includes Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and spatial audio.”

AirPods Max: Battery and storage

Aside from these impressive features, AirPods Max boast equally impressive battery life of up to 20 hours of high-fidelity audio, talk time, or movie playback with Active Noise Cancellation and spatial audio enabled.

These eye-catching over-ear headphones also come with a soft, slim Smart Case, when inside of which the AirPods Max enter an ultralow power state that preserves charge. AirPods Max also feature a one-tap setup experience that AirPods users will be accustomed too.

With less than a week to go until the AirPods Max hit shelves, here’s how you can pre-order your pair...

How to pre-order your AirPods Max

Currently, you can only pre-order AirPods Max directly from Apple, which will begin shipping orders on the official 12 December release date.

Unlike previous AirPod models, you can choose between five colors: Space Gray, Silver, Green, Sky Blue and Pink. For those who like a customized touch or if you’re picking them up as a gift for someone special, you can also add engraving free of charge.

When it comes to payment, instead of paying the $549 up front, Apple Card holder can opt to pay in six monthly installments of $91.50 at 0% APR.