AirPods Max 2: A Subtle Evolution with USB-C Compatibility

Srishti Dey
Srishti Dey January 13, 2024
Updated 2024/01/13 at 9:45 AM

Apple is allegedly developing the next version of its high-end over-the-ear headphones, the AirPods Max 2. Along with bringing conformity with European Commission requirements, this update also includes a USB-C connector and a few aesthetic improvements. It could, however, be lacking some of the more sophisticated functions enabled by the H2 chip.

Major Updates:

USB-C connector: In order to comply with regulations and meet the most recent iPhone specifications, the AirPods Max 2 will have a USB-C connector.

Apple is anticipated to provide additional color options for this model.

Small Cosmetic Changes: The upgrade as a whole is regarded as minimal, despite a few small design improvements.

H2 Chip Absence: The H2 chip, which powers the 2nd generation AirPods Pro with USB-C, may not be included in the AirPods Max 2. Advanced capabilities like conversational awareness, adaptive audio, individualized loudness, and an improved Siri experience are lost in its absence.

Sound Quality Consequences:

The AirPods Max 2 won’t support lossless HD audio without the H2 chip, and future capabilities like lossless audio for the Vision Pro could be lost.

A Better Carry Case

Apple is anticipated to solve a few issues, including the carry case, which has drawn criticism for not providing enough protection for the smartphone. A new travel case for the AirPods Max 2 could be included for enhanced protection.

Price: The AirPods Max 2 are projected to cost about the same as its predecessor, making them a premium option but still more expensive than rivals like Sony and Bose.

The AirPods Max 2 adds some aesthetic upgrades and USB-C connectivity, but because the H2 chip is missing, it might not offer as many advanced capabilities as the original model. Apple wants to keep its premium quality and price while improving user experience and regulatory compliance.

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