AirPods Max - Technical Specifications

AirPods Max - Technical Specifications

Color

  • Silver
  • Space Gray
  • Sky Blue
  • Pink
  • Green

Audio Technology

  • Apple-designed dynamic driver
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Transparency mode
  • Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking1
  • Adaptive EQ

Sensors

  • Optical sensor (each ear cup)
  • Position sensor (each ear cup)
  • Case-detect sensor (each ear cup)
  • Accelerometer (each ear cup)
  • Gyroscope (left ear cup)

Microphones

Nine microphones total:

  • Eight microphones for Active Noise Cancellation
  • Three microphones for voice pickup (two shared with Active Noise Cancellation and one additional microphone)

Chip

  • Apple H1 headphone chip (each ear cup)

Controls 

Digital Crown 

  • Turn for volume control
  • Press once to play, pause, or answer a phone call
  • Press twice to skip forward
  • Press three times to skip back
  • Press and hold for Siri

Noise control button

  • Press to switch between Active Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode

Hey Siri

  • Say “Hey Siri” to do things like play a song, make a call, or get directions

Size and Weight2 

AirPods Max, including cushions 

  • Height : 7.37 inches (187.3 mm)
  • Width : 6.64 inches (168.6 mm)
  • Depth : 3.28 inches (83.4 mm)
  • Weight : 13.6 ounces (384.8 grams)

Smart Case

  • Weight: 4.74 ounces (134.5 grams)

Battery

AirPods Max

  • Up to 20 hours of listening time on a single charge with Active Noise Cancellation or Transparency mode enabled3
  • Up to 20 hours of movie playback on a single charge with spatial audio on4
  • Up to 20 hours of talk time on a single charge5
  • 5 minutes of charge time provides around 1.5 hours of listening time6

AirPods Max with Smart Case

  • Storage in the Smart Case preserves battery charge in ultra-low-power state
  • Charging via Lightning connector

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth 5.0

In the Box

  • AirPods Max
  • Smart Case
  • Lightning to USB-C Cable

Accessibility7

Accessibility features help people with disabilities get the most out of their new AirPods Max.

Features include: 

  • Live Listen audio
  • Headphone levels
  • Headphone Accommodations

System Requirements8

  • iPhone and iPod touch models with the latest version of iOS
  • iPad models with the latest version of iPadOS
  • Apple Watch models with the latest version of watchOS
  • Mac models with the latest version of macOS
  • Apple TV models with the latest version of tvOS

Compatibility

iPhone Models 

  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 79
  • iPhone 7 Plus9
  • iPhone 6s9
  • iPhone 6s Plus9
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)9

Apple Watch Models9 

  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 1

Apple TV Models 

  • Apple TV 4K
  • Apple TV HD9

iPad Models 

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)9
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch9
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 29
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 49

Mac Models9 

  • MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2015–2017)
  • MacBook Air (11-inch, Mid 2012–Early 2015)
  • MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012–2017)
  • MacBook Air (Retina, 13-inch, 2018–2020)
  • MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2012–Early 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2012–Mid 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012–2020)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012–2019)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, two ports)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (2020, four ports)
  • MacBook Pro 13-inch (M1, 2020)
  • MacBook Pro 14-inch (2021)
  • MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)
  • MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019)
  • iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012–2017)
  • iMac (27-inch, Late 2012–Late 2013)
  • iMac (Retina 4K, 21.5-inch, Late 2015–2019)
  • iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, Late 2014–2020)
  • iMac (24-inch, M1, 2021)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012–Late 2018)
  • Mac mini (M1, 2020)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013–2019)

iPod Models 

  • iPod touch (7th generation)

AirPods Max and the Environment

Apple takes a complete product life cycle approach to determining our environmental impact. Learn more - AirPods Max and the Environment

AirPods Max are designed with the following features to reduce environmental impact:

  • Brominated flame retardant–free
  • PVC-free
  • Beryllium-free

  1. Spatialize Stereo supports stereo content with iOS 15 or later, Apple Music with Dolby Atmos or 5.1, and video content recorded in 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos from supported applications.
  2. Size and weight vary by configuration and manufacturing process.
  3. Testing conducted by Apple in November 2020 using preproduction AirPods Max and software paired with iPhone 12 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%, Active Noise Cancellation on, and Spatial Audio on but not active. Testing consisted of full AirPods Max battery discharge while playing audio until the AirPods Max stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  4. Testing conducted by Apple in November 2020 using preproduction AirPods Max and software paired with iPhone 12 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%, Active Noise Cancellation on, and Spatial Audio on and active. Testing consisted of full AirPods Max battery discharge while repeating playback of a 2-hour 23-minute movie purchased from the iTunes Store. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  5. Testing conducted by Apple in November 2020 using preproduction AirPods Max and software paired with iPhone 12 Pro Max units and prerelease software. Volume was set to 50%, Active Noise Cancellation on, and Spatial Audio on but not active. Testing consisted of full AirPods Max battery discharge with a cellular phone call until AirPods Max stopped playing call audio. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  6. Testing conducted by Apple in November 2020 using preproduction AirPods Max and software paired with iPhone 12 Pro Max units and prerelease software. The playlist consisted of 358 unique audio tracks purchased from the iTunes Store (256-Kbps AAC encoding). Volume was set to 50%, Active Noise Cancellation on, and Spatial Audio on but not active. 5-Minute charge testing conducted with drained AirPods Max that were charged for 5 minutes, then audio playback was started until the AirPods Max stopped playback. Battery life depends on device settings, environment, usage, and many other factors.
  7. Requires the latest version of iOS or iPadOS.
  8. AirPods Max can be used as Bluetooth headphones with Apple devices using earlier software and with non-Apple devices, but functionality is limited.
  9. Audio Sharing not supported.
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