| USA TODAY
Apple’s next device might be music to some tech lovers’ ears.The tech giant announced Tuesday it is launching AirPods Max, a pair of over-ear headphones, on Dec. 15 starting at $549.Customers can order the headphones – available in space gray, silver, sky blue, green, and pink – starting Tuesday.Apple says the headphones boast a custom acoustic design, spatial audio and active noise cancellation. It also features a Transparency mode allowing users to hear music and the environment around them at the same time.”With AirPods Max, we are bringing that magical AirPods experience to a stunning over-ear design with high-fidelity audio,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, in a statement.How to get them: You can pre-order Apple’s new AirPods Max headphones right nowMacBook Air review: Apple’s new laptop is speedy with iPhone-inspired chipCOVID-19: California unveils voluntary smartphone tool to trace casesApple says the headphones will support 20 hours of battery life with active noise cancellation and spatial audio enabled. The Max headphones will also offer similar features to previous AirPod models, including automatic switching between devices and support for Siri.Apple has long been rumored to be developed over-ear headphones since its acquisition of Beats Electronics for more than $3 billion. Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.