Apple Releases First-ever Over-ear Headphones
After lots of speculations by many tech tipsters, Apple has finally unveiled its AirPods Max on the 8th of December 2020. The first over-ear headphones by Apple had been the subject of many speculations for a while now, and they have finally been unveiled yesterday.
Many speculations indicated that the headphones would be unveiled due to an earlier report that claimed that Apple was scheduled to launch a new product on the 8th of December. However, the tech Giant kept things under wraps right until it quietly unveiled the headphones via a press release that was posted on the Apple Newsroom.
Apple has boasted “Spatial audio, Active Noise cancellation, Adaptive EQ and High-fidelity audio”. The AirPods Pro will be available for purchase starting from the 14th of December. However, anyone can preorder them right now.
The AirPods Pro will cost AU$899/ £549 /$549, a far higher price than most of the leading headphones available on the market today.
After several leaks in the months leading up to its release, some of which suggested that the new hardware released by Apple was going to be a refreshed Apple TV. The Airpods Max speculated to be Airpods Studio came as a winter surprise this year. Although, the company has shuffled a few of their releases this year, which includes their October release of the new iPhones which were initially stated to be released in September.
We can all expect the Airpods Max to offer sensors for auto play/pause as well as premium sound quality. As with the other Airpods from apple, we can also expect instant pairing with other Apple devices in addition to the already confirmed noise cancellation features.
The over-ear headphone market is highly competitive with lots of pf global brands churning out excellent products all the time. The high price tag Apple placed on the Airpods max, in addition to the tight competitive market the product was released into may place a strain on the sales of the AirPods Max. However, Apple has been known to excel against such odds in the past.
Some tipsters speculated that Apple might have released a refresh of Apple TV on the 8th of December. The new box was supposed to be released with 4K resolution as well as 126GB and 64GB storage options, all powered by the A12Z chip. However, with the release of the AirPods Max, we can expect the new Apple TV some other time.
There have been lots of contradicting speculations in the tech community largely due to the fact that Apple made no announcements ahead of the hardware launch. The mystery of this launch is quite similar to that of the Apple Watch Series 6 in September. Apple also simply sent out a press release for that as well.
For next year, there are speculations that AirPods 3 May launch in the first quarter and the Airpods are expected to bring little if any design changes. However, an improvement in sound quality remains the general expectation.Source