AirPods Max
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Airpods Max in Space Gray
DeveloperApple Inc.
Product familyAirPods
TypeWireless headphones
Release date
  • December 15, 2020; 20 months ago (2020-12-15)
Introductory price
System on a chip
InputNine microphones, optical sensor (each ear cup), position sensor (each ear cup), case-detect sensor (each ear cup), accelerometer (each ear cup), gyroscope (left ear cup)[1]
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0
Lightning port for charging and audio line-in via USB and 3.5mm jack[1]
Current firmware4E71 (May, 2022)[2]
6.64 x 3.28 x 7.37 in
(168.6 x 83.4 x 187.3 mm)[1]
13.6 ounces (384.8 g)
Charging case
4.74 ounces (134.5 g)[1]
WebsiteAirPods Max - Apple

AirPods Max are wireless Bluetooth over-ear headphones designed by Apple, and released on December 15, 2020. They are Apple’s highest-end option in the AirPods lineup, sold alongside the base model AirPods and mid-range AirPods Pro.

The main changes of the AirPods Max over the mid-range AirPods Pro are the over-ear design with larger speakers, inclusion of Apple's Digital Crown (found on the Apple Watch), more color options, and longer battery life.


Apple announced AirPods Max on December 8, 2020 via a website refresh, and released them on December 15, 2020. AirPods Max features an over-ear headphone design.

AirPods Max have an H1 chip in each ear cup,[3] which is also found in the second-generation AirPods and AirPods Pro. AirPods Max, like the AirPods Pro, come with Apple's Active Noise Cancellation technology for blocking outside noise, and Transparency mode for listening to sounds around users. The "Digital Crown", similar to that of the Apple Watch, allows users to play or pause audio, control volume, skip tracks, control phone calls, and activate Siri. Proximity sensors automatically detect when they are on a user's head and play or pause audio accordingly. Spatial audio uses built-in gyroscopes and accelerometers to track movement of the user's head and provide what Apple describes as a "theater-like" experience.[4][3][5]

Apple claims 20 hours of battery life, with five minutes of charging delivering 1.5 hours of listening time. AirPods Max are charged via the Lightning port. The Lightning port can also be used for line-in audio, with Apple selling cables with USB-A, USB-C and 3.5mm headphone ends.

AirPods Max are bundled with a Smart Case for storing.[3] The Smart Case includes magnets that switch AirPods Max to low-power mode.[6]

AirPods Max is available in five colors: Space Gray, Silver, Sky Blue, Green, and Pink. Users can select from these five colors separately for the ear cushions and external chassis for a total of 25 color combinations (or 125 if using two different ear cushion colors).[7]


AirPods Max are compatible with any device that supports Bluetooth, including Android and Windows devices, although certain features such as Siri require an Apple device running iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, tvOS 14 or macOS Big Sur.[8]

Comparative technical specifications of all AirPods models
  Still in production Discontinued Vintage Obsolete[9]
Model iPhone Bluetooth Headset First-generation AirPods Second-generation AirPods First-generation AirPods Pro AirPods Max Third-generation AirPods Second-generation AirPods Pro
Timeline Announced January 9, 2007[10] September 7, 2016 March 20, 2019 October 28, 2019 December 8, 2020 October 18, 2021 September 7, 2022
Released June 29, 2007[10] December 13, 2016 October 30, 2019 December 15, 2020 October 26, 2021 September 23, 2022
Discontinued March 23, 2009[10] March 20, 2019 Still in production September 7, 2022 Still in production Still in production Not yet in production
Model Model number A1221 A1722 (Left AirPod)
A1523 (Right AirPod)
A1602 (Lightning case)
A2031 (Left AirPod)
A2032 (Right AirPod)
A1602 (Lightning case)
A1938 (Wireless case)
A2083 (Left AirPod)
A2064 (Right AirPod)
A2190 (Case)
A2096 A2564 (Left AirPod)
A2565 (Right AirPod)
A2566 (MagSafe case)
Model identifier [data unknown/missing] AirPods1,1 AirPods2,1 iProd8,1 iProd8,6 AirPods1,3 TBD
Order number MA817LL (with iPhone Dual Dock)
MB536LL (without iPhone Dual Dock)
MMEF2AM MV7N2AM (Lightning case)
MRXJ2AM (Wireless case)
MWP22AM MGYJ3AM (Silver)
MGYH3AM (Space Gray)
MGYL3AM (Sky Blue)
MGYM3AM (Pink)
MGYN3AM (Green)
Compatibility Bluetooth 2.0 iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models with iOS 10 or later, Apple Watch models with watchOS 3 or later, and Mac models with macOS Sierra or later.[11] Devices running iOS 12.2 or later, macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later, and watchOS 5.2 or later.[12] Devices that support Bluetooth, including Android and Windows devices, although certain features such as Siri require an Apple device running iOS 13.2, watchOS 6.1, tvOS 13.2, and macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Devices that support Bluetooth, including Android and Windows devices, although certain features such as Siri require an Apple device running iOS 14.3, iPadOS 14.3, watchOS 7.2, tvOS 14 or macOS Big Sur.[13] Devices running iOS 15.1 or later, iPadOS 15.1 or later, macOS Monterey 12.0 or later, and watchOS 8.1 or later. [14]
System on a chip None Apple W1 chip Apple H1 chip (343S00289, 343S00290) Apple H1 chip Apple H1 chip (343S00404) Apple H1 chip Apple H2 chip
Battery Battery strength [data unknown/missing] 1.52-watt-hour (Case)
0.093-watt-hour (each AirPod)
1.98-watt-hour (Case)
0.16-watt-hour (each AirPod)
2 x 2.53-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-ion (right ear cup) 1.33-watt-hour (Case)
0.133-watt-hour (each AirPod)
Battery capacity No case 398 mAh (Case) 519 mAh (Case) 664 mAh (right ear cup) 345 mAh (Case)
Firmware Original release Not upgradable 3.3.1 6.3.2 2B584 3C16 3E751
Latest / Final 6.8.8 4E71


AirPods Max with Smart Case
AirPods Max with Smart Case

The AirPods Max Smart Case's design has been mocked by technology reviewers, along with users on Twitter for its resemblance to that of a bra or purse. Reporter Daniel Piper of Creative Bloq states "If we're not entirely convinced by the design of the AirPods Max themselves, we're utterly baffled by that of their charging 'Smart Case'. The shape resembles, well, lots of things, from handbags to body parts."[15][16][17]

Numerous people have reported that condensation can build up near the drivers of the closed-back headphones after prolonged use under the removable ear cups.[18] It has been suspected that the major cause is its full-metal body that naturally has temperature-dependent thermal conductivity.[19]

See also


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  14. ^ "Get started with AirPods (3rd generation)". Retrieved March 22, 2022.
  15. ^ December 2020, Daniel Piper 08. "Forget AirPods Max, everyone's talking about Apple's new Smart Case". Creative Bloq. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  16. ^ Hartmans, Avery. "Apple's new $550 AirPods Max headphones come with a carrying case that people are already saying looks like a purse or a bra". Business Insider. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  17. ^ Cooper, Gael Fashingbauer. "The case for Apple's new AirPods Max could double as a bra, the internet decides". CNET. Retrieved December 8, 2020.
  18. ^ "Apple AirPods Max Condensation Issue Forming Water Droplets on Under Removable Earcups, Near Drivers". Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  19. ^ Hardy, Ed (December 29, 2020). "AirPods Max condensation makes some owners sweat". Cult of Mac. Retrieved January 5, 2021.