Apple AirPods Max: users report serious autonomy problems

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Apple decided to bet on a premium version of its AirPods offering all the features of the Pro model in an over-the-ear format. Its price, over € 600 in UK, would justify an impeccable performance and a trouble-free launch, but that is not what is happening.

After news of the water droplets forming inside the AirPods Max earpads, reports of serious battery drain problems now arrive. Several users have resorted to the most diverse forums to express their displeasure and seek an immediate solution.

AirPods Max issue may have arisen after Apple’s update

AirPods Max

According to the AppleTips website, more and more AirPods Max users complain about battery drainage throughout the day without using the equipment.

Many people say that putting the Maxs in their Smart Case is not activating the energy saving mode or disconnecting the active connections. In this sense, cases where the battery goes from 100 to 1% overnight seem not to be uncommon.

Apple’s forums are also being swamped with similar complaints, with reports of complete battery discharges overnight.

Several people say that they charge the headphones to 100% and put them in the Smart Case, so that in the morning they can see that the battery is almost completely discharged.

The problem appears to be arising after a firmware update that Apple released on December 18. Furthermore, the problem seems to be more common when the AirPods Max are paired with an Apple TV or Android device.

Possible interim solutions

  • Force Restart: press and hold the Digital Crown and the noise control button until an orange light appears
  • Restore Factory Settings: press and hold the Digital Crown and the noise control button until a white light appears
  • Unpair AirPods Max manually in your device’s Bluetooth settings
  • Disable automatic device switching
  • Use AirPods Max with iPhone only

This problem again raises the question of Apple having chosen not to include a button to turn off the headphones, something simple that could avoid all these problems of autonomy.

The Smart Case also does not seem to reach consensus among users, who would rather have the option of turning off the device completely instead of having to rely on an energy-saving state.

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