If you've been able to save up a small fortune by working from home, and aim to spend that fortune on a new Apple gadget, then you may be less intimidated by Apple's new £549/US$549 AirPods Max – Apple's most expensive headphones.

The Max, which were rumoured to release as the AirPods Studio, launched on 8 December and are already available to pre-order from Apple.

The wireless headphones feature Apple's H1 chipset, which powers the AirPods Max's Active Noise Cancellation, Transparency Mode and Spatial Audio along with Adaptive EQ, a feature you might recognize from the Homepod Studio. Surprisingly, the headphones only work with Apple products.

Tech Advisor's in-house Apple expert Lewis Painter has everything you need to know about the Apple AirPods Max including design, specs and latest news, and you can take a look at his full AirPods Max review for his thoughts.

Here we're looking at where you can buy the AirPods Max, which start shipping 15 December

When do the AirPods Max release?

The AirPods Max are available to pre-order now with the release date set for 15 December. If you order from Apple, the wait time is approximately 12-14 weeks so you may have better luck with faster delivery from other retailers.

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

Apple AirPods Max

Where to buy Apple AirPods Max

The AirPods Max are available to buy directly from Apple for £549/US$549/A$899.

In the UK, you can find the AirPods Max listed at the following retailers, though sales have not yet begun:

We'll add more retailers to this list as soon as they're confirmed, so stay tuned.

Apple AirPods Max

How much do Apple AirPods Max cost?

The premium headsets cost £549/US$549/A$899 (yes, that does make the PS5 cheaper). This also places Apple's device above the price of two of the leading headphones on the market, the Bose QC35 II and the Sony WH-1000XM4, which are priced at £329.95 and £350, respectively. 

We're looking at the best headphones of the year right here if you want to see how Sony and Bose's offerings compare.