What you need to know
- A former Apple engineer has revealed they first signed an NDA regarding Apple's AirPods Max more than four years ago, revealing they've been in development a long time.
A former Apple engineer has claimed they first signed a nondisclosure agreement regarding Apple's AirPods Max four years ago, revealing they have been in development for some time.
When asked by a user when the NDA had been signed, Dinesh Dave responded '~4 years,' revealing that Apple's new over-ear headphones have been on the cards since the original AirPods were released in December 2016. As Jones notes, it's very possible Apple saw the "insane demand" for its first iteration of the wireless earbuds and decided they had better capitalize on the opportunity.
Apple released its brand new AirPods Max yesterday, December 8. In a press release the company stated:
Apple today announced AirPods Max, innovative wireless headphones that bring the magic of AirPods to an over-ear design with high-fidelity sound. AirPods Max combine a custom acoustic design, H1 chips, and advanced software to power computational audio for a breakthrough listening experience with Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency mode, and spatial audio. AirPods Max come in five gorgeous colors, including space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink, and are available to order starting today, with availability beginning Tuesday, December 15.
Whilst Apple says that availability will kick off next week, shipping times for all five colors of the new headphones have slipped to three months, meaning customers in the US can't get them online until March next year. Availability at retailer Best Buy is much better.