Apple on Tuesday announced AirPods Max, new over-ear noise-canceling headphones that will launch on Dec. 15 for $549.
The AirPods Max may be appealing to customers who didn’t want in-ear headphones, such as the AirPods. They sit over your ears, which may be comfortable for longer periods, but offer similar features like support for “Hey Siri,” quick pairing and noise cancellation. They also include transparency mode, which lets you hear noises around you, such as cars while walking on a busy street, and spatial audio, which makes it sounds like sound from movies and TV shows is coming directly from an iPad or iPhone.
But they’re also extremely expensive for headphones. Most products in this category from competitors such as Bose and Sony, or even Apple’s Beats brand, cost around $350.
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