What you need to know
- A new Apple patent may have just solved AirPods Max's biggest issue.
- That's because Apple has created a much better case for its headphones.
- The case uses a flexible magnetic closure and clasps to keep it shut.
While Apple's AirPods Max might be some of the best headphones ever created, its controversial Smart Case has drawn ire from buyers and commenters. That could one day change, however, following the emergence of a new patent that reveals a much more conventional case for Apple's premium headgear.
A new patent published today granted to Apple is titled 'Enclosures with flexible magnetic closures and clasps', and reveals an extremely verbose filing for what is essentially a bag you can put your AirPods Max in that is sealed by a flexible magnetic closure. From the patent:
This sounds like the most Apple design and construction for a case imaginable, but images of the patent reveal the company is at least considering an alternative to its very odd and controversial smart case. From our review of AirPods Max:
As it stands the best AirPods Max cases you can buy are all third-party options, but maybe Apple has seen the light with this much-improved design that could debut in AirPods Max of the future. Here's hoping.
Bottom line: AirPods Max provide a luxurious and premium headphone experience that mostly works across all of your Apple devices. They sound amazing, the ANC is even better than AirPods Pro, Spatial Audio is out of this world, and the battery lasts through a whole workday. The Smart case is ridiculous though.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9