Apple Didn’t Want to Confuse People With The AirPods Max — Tech YouTubers Did

Let’s talk about the Power modes in the $550 headset

Walid AO


AirPods Max — Source:

Apple’s new over-ear headphones did not have a smooth start. The company announced its newest addition to the Apple-branded wireless headphones, and the internet exploded. People and tech reviewers alike complained about the high price of the premium headphones.

The AirPods Max is expensive for sure, but it comes with a metal design and amazing features. With $550, it is clear that the headphones are not for everybody.

Apple now has three wireless headphones in its arsenal (without considering Beats’ headsets as part of Apple line-up):

  • The AirPods ($159),
  • The Airpods Pro ($249), and
  • The AirPod Max ($550).

The AirPods Pro and AirPods Max come with noise cancelation and spatial audio, a feature announced in mid-2020 for the AirPods Pro, and now the AirPods Max has this amazing feature too.

In an old-fashioned Apple standard, the Cupertino company aimed for a seamless user experience. The AirPods Max, like their predecessors, do not include a power button. Instead, the Headphones go into power-saving mode if not being used.

However, Apple did not bother to mention the different power-modes of the AirPods Max when they were announced on December 8th, 2020. They just showcased the headphones and the weirdly designed Smart Case. Apple only mentioned that the AirPods Max would go into an ultra-low power state whenever they are in the Smart Case.

“When stored in their soft, slim Smart Case, AirPods Max enter an ultra‑low‑power state that preserves charge.” — Apple

And the tech YouTubers took it from there and started releasing their “reviews” without understanding the different power modes for the AirPods Max. They only heard the above quote from Apple, and they assumed that this is the only power-saving mode in the AirPods Max.

The negative reviews regarding the lack of a power-saving mode and a power button pushed the Cupertino company to issue a press…