Apple’s AirPods Max have two H1 chips, one for each earphone. They are used to process audio data to provide noise cancellation, surround sound, transparency and adaptive equalization.
But these chips also raise doubts. On the one hand, they are old: Apple already uses them in the AirPods Pro, in which they perform the same tasks and are not much bigger than the new AirPods. on the ear from Apple.
On the other hand, they don’t include the processor we have in the HomePod mini: Apple’s ultra-wideband chip, the U1, which offers precise location and spatial awareness.
The U1 has been part of our lives for a long time. It is found in the iPhone 11 generation, which offers better AirDrop since the chip determines the exact spatial orientation of the two devices. It is also found in the Apple Watch Series 6 and the HomePod mini.
In the HomePod mini, the U1 provides a better connection from iPhone to HomePod or vice versa. This would have been a cool feature for the AirPods Max, and yet the U1 chip failed to reach these headphones.
Leaked Chinese L0vetodream predicted in September that AirPods on the ear (which we now know to be called AirPods Max) would include the U1 chip, which would allow us to determine how users wore the headphones and use that information to send the left stereo channel to the left ear and the right channel. to the right.
The new chip would also have made it possible to correctly determine the position of the headband, which would make gesture commands much more precise.
Jon Prosser and Mark Gurman, who tend to be more right than wrong, predicted the U1 would hit Apple’s headphones and are now looking for explanations as to why it didn’t.
Looks like they’ve made some tweaks to these to get them out of the door, as was deemed likely after several development delays in recent months – not seeing any swappable bands, and Apple Watch Digital Crown instead. touch screens, and the left and right sides are not reversible.
– Mark Gurman (@markgurman)
December 8, 2020
Mark Gurman believes that Apple has made some changes in the development process to be able to release the AirPods Max in 2020. According to the editor of Bloomberg, this is the case of the Digital Crown instead of touch controls and the absence of interchangeable pads. With the exception of the interchangeable earbuds, Apple can add all of these features by updating Software.
Yes, despite the absence of the U1 chip, you want the first headset on the ear At Apple, we show you where to buy AirPods Max.
Original article published in Macwelt.