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If you regularly use an iPhone, iPad, MacBook or other Apple devices, it's tough to beat the seamless integration of a pair of Apple earbuds. And while Apple rarely offers discounts on its own devices, that doesn't mean you have to pay full price if you're hoping to get your hands on a pair.
There are fivein Apple's wireless audio lineup: The second-gen AirPods from 2019 are the least expensive option, while the current, third-gen AirPods boast better sound quality with spatial audio. The AirPods Pro add versatility with active noise cancellation and transparency modes -- with the second-gen version, which just hit shelves on Sept. 23, being Apple's most advanced earbuds to date. The plush AirPods Max, by far the priciest of the bunch, are Apple's over-ear headphones and come packed with high-end features.
As well as the Apple-branded AirPods, there are a couple of Beats-branded earbuds worth considering that also incorporate Apple-made tech for a similarly smooth experience. These include the Beats Fit Pro, which use Apple's H1 chip for fast, reliable connections and a sporty design for jamming out to tunes at the gym, or while running or otherwise exercising and being active. The Beats Studio Buds lack the H1 chip and the AirPod stem, but they are lightweight, comfortable and affordable.
Here are the best AirPods deals available right now along with the best prices to date for comparison. With a confirmed October-like event just around the corner followed by , we could be in for a solid AirPods deals season.
Apple AirPods pricing 2022
|Model||Apple Store price||Best price right now||Best all-time price|
|AirPods Pro (1st Gen)||$249||$180||$159|
|AirPods Pro (2nd Gen)||$249||$239||$239|
The list above is the full lineup of Apple wireless earbuds and headphones as of early 2022. Except for the baseline AirPods 2, all those listed above (plus the two aforementioned Beats models) are compatible with. However, none of them will deliver the maximum quality of , which is too rich for the current Bluetooth wireless standard to handle.
Best Prime Day AirPods deals
The second-gen AirPods Pro are Apple's most advanced pair of earbuds to date, equipped with its brand-new H2 processor and boasting seriously improved noise-canceling capabilities. The 2022 AirPods Pro maintain the $249 retail price of the now previous-gen AirPods Pro from 2019. Having only recently been released, AirPods Pro 2 deals are few and far between right now, though Amazon offers a slight saving, with $10 off there. We'll continue to update this page as more deals start to pop up, so be sure to check back often in the coming weeks.
The original AirPods Pro aren't Apple's top-of-the-range earbuds anymore, but they still offer solid active noise cancellation and an in-ear design so you can immerse yourself in the music. Transparency mode is also available for when you need to be more aware of your surroundings. With the wireless charging case (included in this price) the battery can last over 24 hours on a charge. You can save close to $70 right now on them as various retailers clear out stock now that they have been replaced by the second-generation model.
While the AirPods 2 are the least advanced model on the market these days, they still boast some impressive specs and are a great choice for those on a tighter budget. They're equipped with the same H1 chip as the AirPods 3, so they feature the same fast connectivity, and they support hands-free Siri access. They are available from $119 currently, which Amazon quotes as a $40 discount. Apple has, however, dropped the price of the second-gen AirPods from $159 to $129 so you're really saving just $10 by snagging them there.
Unlike the AirPods Pro, these third-generation AirPods have an open-air design, so they don't have active noise cancellation, but they still offer some serious improvements over the AirPods 2. The adaptive EQ attunes music to your ear shape, and the battery life has been bumped up to 30 hours total. They also have an IPX4 water resistance rating. They sell for $179 with the MagSafe Charging Case at Apple, but you can find them at a slight discount at other retailers.
Apple's first full-size headphones are chock-full of high-end features like noise cancellation, spatial audio and easy integration with Apple devices. Yes, paying about the same as you would for a PS5 may sound excessive, but here's the thing: They're actually kinda worth it, so long as you don't feel burned by their lack of support for full lossless audio. You can save $70 on the AirPods Max in all color variants right now at Amazon, with other retailers matching.
No, they're not AirPods, but the Beats Studio Buds offer active noise canceling and make a great affordable alternative to the pricier AirPods Pro. They look a lot like the rumored stemless AirPods that people were talking about but that never materialized -- as AirPods, anyway. Geared toward both iOS and Android users, they're missing a few key features on the Apple side of things (there's no H1 or W1 chip), but they're small, lightweight earbuds that are comfortable to wear and offer good sound. They fit most ears securely, including mine -- I run with them without a problem -- but others may find a better fit with the Beats Fit Pro and their integrated wing tips. Right now, you can save $20 on select colors at Walmart, though we've occasionally seen them on sale for as much as $50 off.
Technically, the Beats Fit Pro aren't AirPods, but they're built on the same tech platform as the AirPods Pro. Unlike Beats' earlier and less expensive Studio Buds, the Beats Fit Pro include Apple's H1 chip and have most of the features of the AirPods Pro, including active noise canceling, spatial audio and Adaptive EQ. I'd venture to call them the sports AirPods you've always wanted. And for some people, they might just be better than the AirPods Pro. They aren't currently discounted but have fallen to $180 before.