AirPods Max 2 Release Date Estimate, Specs, Leaks, and Models

Three pairs of AirPods Max headphones sitting next to each other in a colorful liquid background.
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Three pairs of AirPods Max headphones sitting next to each other in a colorful liquid background.
Credit: Image edited by StealthOptional.

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Apple is about to launch the successor to its brilliant and beautiful headphones: the AirPods Max 2. Hardcore Apple fans are, as always, eagerly awaiting the AirPods Max 2 release date as they look to upgrade their headphones to a new model.

Information on the next version of the AirPods Max is scarce, similar to the AirPods 4 and AirPods Pro 3. However, we have gathered all the available details into one handy article for anyone interested in Apple’s next pair of cans.

AirPods Max 2 Release Date

Currently, there is no official release date for the AirPods Max 2, though it is expected to launch in early 2025. This is based on predictions from a leading Apple analyst and takes into account the launch of the previous model.

AirPods Max 2 Specs

Apple has not confirmed the specs for the AirPods Max 2, but multiple leaks suggest that the upgraded headphones will feature key improvements over their predecessor. Rumored hardware improvements for the AirPods Max 2 include:

  • USB-C Charging
  • Improved Carrying Case
  • Better Standby Support
  • Lossless Audio Support
  • Longer Battery Life
  • Touch Controls

The most substantiated improvement is the introduction of touch controls, replacing the current headphones’ Apple Watch-style “Digital Crown.” An Apple patent reveals plans to replace the physical dial with touch-sensitive controls.

Beyond this, there is little evidence about the exact improved specs for the AirPods Max 2.

AirPods Max 2 Models

Apple does not plan to release multiple models of the AirPods Max 2. The next AirPods Max headphones will be a single-device model, similar to the originals, but with multiple color options for users to choose from.

AirPods Max 2 Price

Apple has yet to confirm the price of the AirPods Max 2, though the price tag is a major concern, with indications that Apple might keep the price at $549 RRP, though global inflation and other financial issues could cause an increase. Despite being at the upper end of the best wireless headphones, the AirPods Max 2’s improvements should justify the cost, considering the high quality and durability of the current AirPods Max.

AirPods Max 2 Connectivity

The AirPods Max 2 will support USB-C wired connectivity and the latest Bluetooth standard supported by iPhones, ensuring widespread compatibility with modern devices. This likely means the AirPods Max 2 will support Bluetooth 5.3, a significant upgrade from the current headphones’ 5.0 support.

Now you know all there is to know ahead of the AirPods Max 2 release date, at least for now. When Apple reveal more about its next-generation headphones, we'll update this guide.

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