After some initial confusion about how AirPods Max handled power management, Apple has tried to clarify the issue with an updated support page on how and when its new $ 550 headphones will automatically replace battery life. Preserve
Originally, the company stated that “when stored in their soft, thin smart case, the AirPods Max enters an ultra state low erves power state that conserves charge.” But there was uncertainty about what happened when they were left outside court case. In my review, I found that the headphones only lost a few battery percentage points when left without a case overnight – nothing close to a worrying level of drain. But not everyone had that experience; Marcos Brownlee noticed a large amount of battery damage when the AirPods Max became inactive.
According to Apple, AirPods Max enters a “low power mode” when removed from your head and left outside the case for five minutes. If they remain in that state for 72 hours, they move into one Less Features like Power Mode that turns Bluetooth off and Apple’s Find My Location Tracking. This, essentially, seems to be the case when they actually “shut down”.
But to some surprise, the Smart Case does not immediately trigger this deep sleep mode sooner than I thought. Inserting the AirPods Max into the case puts them in that lighter low power mode immediately. But the smartphone’s smartphone takes 18 hours to enter the ultra-low power mode. When the facts in this case come to light, Apple never said that headphones must be “fixed” to enter these devices. But the fact that the AirPods Max takes about a full 24 hours, to the point where maximizing the battery – even in the case – surprises me a bit.
Clearly, the company is prioritizing accelerated device recombination and convenience to take out every last bit of battery from AirPods Max. A big question is what happens if the headphones are worn around your neck when removed; Since they are not stable in that scenario, my guess is that they are fully activated until they are removed and placed on a table or stand. It is possible that Apple can accommodate these default behaviors through firmware updates, but for now, this is how AirPods Max works.
Even though I’ve seen at least a battery drain, and as I said in my video review, I still wish they had a power button. For simplicity.