Since the launch of the AirPods Max on December 15, there have been a growing number of complaints from MacRumors readers who have encountered a condensation problem.
Some AirPods Max owners who wear their headphones for extended periods of time have noticed condensation forming in the ear cup. From MacRumors reader’s song:
So I have had my AirPods max for a little less than a week and noticed that after prolonged use there is a decent amount of condensation inside the ear cup.
this is quite noticeable when you separate the magnetic ear pads from the earlobe.
Condensation seems to occur regardless of temperature, and most people report seeing it after a few hours of use, but for some it occurs within an hour or two. One user claimed that the condensation caused problems with active noise reduction, but this was not repeated by other AirPods Max owners and no one else reported problems caused by condensation.
Other AirPods Max owners said the same problem happened with headphones from other brands. From MacRumors JBGoode reader:
I get this on my Sony WH1000XM3. I’ve had them for a long time and it’s not a big deal. Haven’t any of you owned head boxes before? Your ears will sweat and there will be condensation. I think this is quite common for this type of headset.
AirPods Max are not waterproof and those affected by condensation are concerned about the longevity of the water droplet headphones integrated inside. The ear cushions are not affected and remain dry despite condensation inside the ear cups.
Some AirPods Max owners have returned the headphones, while others have taken AppleCare + in case of future problems. Apple has not yet commented on the issue.