Apple AirPods Black Friday Deals
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Best AirPods Black Friday Deals
Black Friday officially starts on November 24, but deal hunters on the lookout for the best AirPods discounts can find cash savings on the wireless earbuds ahead of the mega shopping event. Every single AirPods model is marked down, from cheap AirPods with Charging Case to high-end over-ear AirPods Max.
Here are the top deals going on now. And be sure to bookmark our Cyber Monday deals roundup for the best discounts on Apple products and premium accessories.
Latest AirPods prices
Black Friday AirPods deals often sell out quickly, which means having the lowest prices at your fingertips is a must. The AppleInsider Price Guide is home to top offers from a variety of Apple Authorized Resellers, so you can quickly find the cheapest prices on every AirPod model before, during, and after the mega shopping day.
Apple Authorized Reseller Adorama is currently discounting AirPods Pro 2 with Lightning port to $209 (orig. $249) with promo code APINSIDER when shopping through this activation link. This deal is available exclusively to AppleInsider readers.
- Courant: 20% off your order with discount code APINSIDER20
Which AirPods Should You Buy on Black Friday?
Apple has four versions of AirPods in its current lineup. In this AirPods buyers guide, we're breaking down the differences between the models, as well as which factors are most useful when determining which pair is right for you.
If you're looking for Black Friday deals on AirPods, you likely already have a good idea what AirPods are and how they work. Here's a quick overview:
Apple AirPods (second-generation)
These are the second generation model, having completely replaced the first-generation upon release. While these are the second generation, there is no change to the naming scheme, and are still referred to as AirPods. They are the most affordable option in Apple's wireless earbud lineup, retailing for $129. But as mentioned at the top of this page, discounts are often in effect, bringing the Bluetooth earbuds well under that $100 mark, especially on Black Friday.
When price is king, choosing the regular charging case makes the most sense, especially since the earbuds themselves are identical regardless of case choice. You'll still get the universal fit and "Hey Siri" support.
The charging case uses Lightning to charge and is the only model of AirPods not to feature wireless charging of any kind. A wireless charging case used to be available for this model but has been discontinued.
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Apple AirPods (third-generation)
The third-generation model of AirPods takes on a new design based on the AirPods Pro. They lack changeable ear tips and have a new universal fit design that is slightly more bulbous than before.
These AirPods are priced right in the middle of the lineup at $169 for the earbuds with a Lightning Charging Case or $179 for the MagSafe Charging Case option. AirPods 3 use Adaptive EQ to keep audio sounding rich and clear. They also feature Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking so a user can move their head through the audio in three dimensions.
The improved sound, shorter stem with force sensor controls, and audio features set this model apart from the cheaper second-generation. They also have better battery life at six hours of listening time per charge.
Users who want Active Noise Cancelling, Transparency Mode, and changeable ear tips will need to opt for the more expensive AirPods Pro.
Apple AirPods Pro
AirPods Pro retail for $249 and are the premium earbuds option in the product line. Apple announced the second-generation AirPods Pro model in September 2022, but updated the pro model to include a USB-C port in September 2023. AirPods Pro 2 are equipped with Apple's H2 chip. This allows for twice as much noise canceled in ANC mode and a feature called Active Transparency. This mode lets environmental audio in, but blocks loud noises right as they happen thanks to processing noise 48,000 times a second.
Battery life comes in at six hours on a single charge. The updated Charging Case can be charged with an Apple Watch charger (it also has MagSafe compatibility and a new USB-C port in the 2023 model). The case also has a speaker for Find My and a hole for a lanyard to help reduce loss.
Apple's over-ear AirPods offering delivers spatial audio support with an H1 chip in each ear cup. Available in five colors, the premium headphones retail for $549. Deals have driven prices to as low as $449, so it'll be interesting to see if retailers compete for Black Friday sales by discounting the AirPods Max below that sub-$450 price point.
Check out AppleInsider's hands-on AirPods Max review. And stay tuned for the best Black Friday AirPods deals this November.