We’ve said enough about the price, but there are other things worth discussing with the AirPods Max. These are the 7 most important.
AirPods Max details you did not know yet
Out of nowhere, it was unveiled yesterday: the AirPods Max. These wireless headphones from Apple had been coming for months but surprised many people especially by the price tag of 629 euros. Fortunately, there is more to tell about these high-end headphones.
AirPods Max details
- No U1 chip
- No charger, no audio cable
- Battery life and fast charging
- Usable with non-Apple devices
- Replaceable ear pads
- Physical buttons instead of touch
- AirPods Max is a heavyweight
1. No U1 chip
A notable flaw in the headphones is Apple’s U1 chip. Apple’s ‘Ultra-broadband’ chip was announced in 2019 and has since been found in all iPhone 11 and iPhone 12 models and the Apple Watch Series 6. With the U1 chip, the exact location of a device can be better determined, which Apple uses, for example, to send AirDrop files faster.
The lack of the chip also means that the AirPods Max will not work well with the upcoming AirTags tracker, and the headphones will be less likely to transfer music from an iPhone to the headphones via Handoff. According to rumours, the U1 chip was dropped because Apple was running out of time.
2. No charger, no audio cable
If you unpack the AirPods Max, you will find the charging case, the AirPods Max itself and a Lightning-to-USB-C cable in the box. That means that there are a few things missing depending on how you want to use the headset.
For example, you will have to use a power strip from another Apple device or purchase a separate one, and you will have to buy a 3.5 mm cable to connect the headphones with a wire to, for example, a MacBook. Such a cable can be useful if you wear headphones for work practically all day, for example.
3. Battery life and fast charging
Since the AirPods Max is primarily wireless headphones, battery life is an important detail. Although we have not (yet) tested the headphones ourselves, Apple does say something about this. The company states that the AirPods Max lasts for 20 hours on a single charge. Then they must be placed in the charging case.
Fortunately, the AirPods Max supports fast charging just like the AirPods. If you put the headphones in the charging case for five minutes, you can then listen with them for an hour and a half. As long as you ensure that this cover is charged, you will not be without music quickly.
4. Also usable with non-Apple devices
The AirPods Max use Bluetooth 5.0 to connect wirelessly to devices. As with other AirPods, you can therefore use the headphones perfectly with other non-Apple devices.
You just miss some extra functions, such as fast connection, Spatial Audio and automatic switching between devices.
5. Replaceable ear pads
You obviously want to use the AirPods Max for years, so it could well be that the ear cushions wear out or get damaged over time. Fortunately, Apple has thought of that: you can order these separately afterwards.
At the time of writing that is not yet possible, but the page is already available on Apple’s website. The earpads are magnetically attached to the headphones and can therefore easily be replaced. You can choose from Silver, Black, Green, Red and Blue and pay $ 69 for it.
6. No touch controls but physical buttons
A striking AirPods Max detail is the lack of touch control. In almost all rumours about these headphones, Apple would make the ear cups touch-sensitive. This allows you to go to the next song, for example, by tapping it twice, just like the AirPods.
The AirPods Max takes a very different approach by placing a digital crown of the Apple Watch on the top of an ear cup. With that, you can adjust the volume. With a physical button, you switch between the different modes of noise reduction.
7. AirPods Max is a heavyweight
The AirPods Max is far from the first wireless headphones, so it was quickly compared to competitors. This shows that Apple’s headphones have a considerable weight of 384 grams. That makes it heavier than popular alternatives from Sony, Sennheiser and Bose.