Apple released its first over-the-head Bluetooth headphones, AirPods Max, in late 2020. These cost $ 549, making them much more than their direct competitors who typically only sell $ 300. It’s not one of the usual touch-controlled offerings. Apple has decided to bring the Digital Crown of its watch to its newest product. Now it is pointed out that the company is working on a cheaper alternative to its premium headphones.
According to ‘LeaksApplePro’ on Twitter, Apple is working on a cheaper AirPods Max alternative. According to the tweet, the device will costs $ 349. To achieve this cost, the company could make some significant changes to the design.
The “cheap” AirPods Max are still a thing.
However, I don’t have a date for it. I can tell you they are working on it, the price is 349 and they are made of plastic.
– LeaksApplePro🎄 (@LeaksApplePro) January 4, 2021
The new headphones could be made of plastic. In contrast, the AirPods Max have machine-structured ear cups made of anodized aluminum and a stainless steel headband. The upcoming cheaper variant will likely compete directly against Bose QuietComfort 35 II and Sony WH-1000XM4.
The tipster did not provide any further details about the functions of the cheaper AirPods Max, but we expect this Include Active Noise Cancelation. Besides, it will likely contain features like spatial audio and transparency mode. In addition, it could offer a battery life of 20 hours on a single charge.
Meanwhile, Apple is also working on its successors, AirPods and AirPods Pro. The former is offered without the support of the company’s noise cancellation feature. The Cupertino-based company is said to have developed a system-in-package (SiP) product that includes Apple’s H1 chip, an AirPod audio driver chip, through a domestic materials partner. The upcoming AirPods will be around 20 percent lower than the price of the AirPods Pro, which come with active noise-canceling technology. It is already rumored that Apple is working on the upgrades of the existing AirPods Pro.
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