After years of speculation, Apple launched its much-anticipated premium wireless over-ear headphones in the AirPods Max. That's right: Max, not Studio.

The headphones feature the H1 chip, which is what allowed the 2nd gen AirPods faster connectivity and reduced latency. In the AirPods Max, the H1 chip allows "computational audio to deliver the highest quality listening experience possible".

If you're not entirely sure what "computational audio" means, Apple defines it as a combination of audio features: Adaptive EQ, Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode, and finally, Spatial Audio. Spatial Audio optimises the sound based on the position of the listener's head and the headphones for a fully immersive experience. Here's everything there is to know about the new AirPods Max.

Apple AirPods Max

When do the AirPods Max release?

The AirPods Max are available to pre-order directly from Apple as of 8 December, with full sales officially starting 15 December. Delivery starts from 6 January if you order now.

The headphones are available in five colours: space grey, silver, sky blue, green, and pink.

Apple AirPods Max where to buy

Where to buy the AirPods Max

Right now, the AirPods Max are available to buy directly from Apple. As of 9 December, it's also listed over at Currys PC World in the UK and Best Buy in the US.

We will list all retailers along with the best prices and launch offers here as they're announced, so stay tuned!

How much do the AirPods Max cost?

The AirPods Max cost £549/US$549/A$899 (it's ok, you're allowed to wince), making it the most expensive audio gear in the AirPods range. The entry-level AirPods start at £159/US159/A$249 while the AirPods Pro cost £249/US$249/A$399. You can get them at a better price from other retailers, however – see the best Apple AirPods Christmas deals here.

The AirPod Max's price includes a case in a matching colour, as well as a Lightning to USB-C cable for charging.

If you're looking to pick up something a bit more affordable this Christmas, see our round-up of the best Apple Christmas deals right here