Install macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 If You Own AirPods
If you've already bought Apple's new AirPods Max headphones or you're planning to buy a pair, and you skipped macOS Big Sur 11.2.2, macOS Big Sur 11.2.1, macOS Big Sur 11.2 and macOS Big Sur 11.1, you'll want to upgrade your mac to macOS Big Sur 11.2.3.
macOS Big Sur 11.1 brought support for the new over-ear headphones. Apple says they require devices running iOS 14.3 or later, iPadOS 14.3 or later, macOS Big Sur 11.1 or later, watchOS 7.2 or later, or tvOS 14.3 or later.
For more on Apple's AirPods Max, check out its announcement.
If you like to pair your AirPods with your Mac (and other devices), and you haven't moved to macOS Big Sur yet, you should think about installing the new operating system.
After getting macOS Big Sur on board, your AirPods will automatically switch between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac if they're paired to the same iCloud account.
You'll notice a pop-up banner on your Mac and this will help you seamlessly switch the audio over to another device.
Apple says automatic device switching works for all Apple and Beats headphones featuring the Apple H1 headphone chip.