Apple’s high-end AirPods Max headphones were introduced in 2020 at the high price of $549. Although they impress for their sound quality, there are many controversies about the product. At the same time, Apple has never released a new version of the headphones since then. With rumors of a new generation of AirPods Max on the way, we want to know which features you’re most looking forward to.
The first (and only) generation of AirPods Max
With AirPods Max, Apple is trying to compete with other premium headphones used by audiophiles and people who really appreciate good sound quality. The first reviews of Apple’s wireless headphones praised their sound and also the active noise reduction a lot.
The headphones are built with premium materials and support a lot of advanced features like instant pairing and Spatial Audio. However, there are some aspects of it that users don’t like. For example, its case has been widely criticized for only serving to put the headphones to sleep and not to actually protect them from damage.
Apple has also been criticized for only putting a Lightning connector on the AirPods Max. Lacking a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack or support for high-bitrate audio codecs over Bluetooth, Apple’s high-end headphones are unable to play true Lossless audio.
Rumors about the next generation of Apple headphones
As we mentioned before, Apple never introduced a new version of AirPods Max since 2020. Instead, the company upgraded the regular AirPods with a new design and improved sound, while the AirPods Pro also got an upgrade with the more efficient H2 chip, better noise reduction and a U1 chip for Precision Finding.
Trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently reported that Apple is mulling a second-generation version of the AirPods Max, but that a release isn’t expected until sometime in 2024. Most recently, consumers have noticed that orders for the AirPods Max on Apple’s online store are delayed by 2- 3 weeks.
However, it is unclear whether Apple is just experiencing supply issues or whether a new model is coming soon. There is also the possibility that Apple will simply introduce new colors of the first generation of AirPods Max without new hardware.
Given the latest rumors, what do you most want for a new generation of Apple’s wireless headphones? Personally, I like my AirPods Max, but the fact that they still have a Lightning connector and the awful case annoys me – and I’d like to see upgrades in those aspects. Let us know what you think in the poll below and also in the comments section.
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