Should you buy AirPods on Black Friday?
It is a good move to buy AirPods on Black Friday. In general, retailers allocate a limited amount of inventory to the event and their best deals, so if you see something you like, buy it now. There is no guarantee that it will still be around for Cyber Monday and even less likely that it will be cheaper.
Cyber Monday tends to replicate the same deals we see on Black Friday so it’s generally not worth the wait. However, if you happen to see a cheaper deal, remember that you can always cancel an order you placed on Black Friday versus an order you placed on Cyber Monday. You get a full refund so you have nothing to lose here. However, we don’t expect to see better deals on Cyber Monday.
Our 5 favorite Black Friday AirPods deals
Apple AirPods (2nd generation) – $79, was $99
The Apple AirPods (2nd generation) may not be the latest AirPods, but at this price, they are very tempting. It takes seconds to set up and gives you hands-free access to Siri along with Apple’s H1 chip so you get a more reliable wireless connection. Easy to use, just double tap to play or skip forward while ensuring rich and high quality sound. It’s easy to switch between devices throughout the day while you get up to three hours of talk time on a single charge.
Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation) – $159, was $180
The Apple AirPods Pro (1st generation) remain a great choice for many people. Their active noise cancellation is exceptional, being able to block out outside noise so you can fully immerse yourself in your music or podcast. Transparency mode makes it easy to return to the world as needed. Adaptive EQ automatically adjusts music to the shape of your ear while there’s spatial audio with dynamic head tracking to ensure the music feels like it surrounds you, just like you’re at a concert. With over 24 hours of listening time when combined with the MagSafe charging case, these are hassle-free earbuds.
Apple AirPods (3rd generation) – $TK, it was $TK
The Apple AirPods (3rd generation) do a lot for the price. They provide customized spatial audio with dynamic head tracking so it feels like the voice is following you. With easy setup and in-ear detection, it only takes moments to get ready for use. You can use Share Audio between two sets of AirPods on all of your Apple devices with a force sensor that makes it easy to control things on the same earbuds. With up to six hours of listening time and up to 30 hours of total listening time from the Lightning charging case, these are consistently comfortable earbuds.
Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) – $200, was $249
The Apple AirPods Pro 2 are some of the best wireless earphones out there. Higher than the previous model, it offers twice the amount of active noise cancellation compared to the previous model AirPods Pro. With adaptive transparency, they can also help you hear the world around you comfortably, adapting to intense noise in real time. With a customizable fit, you can get the ultimate in comfort while enjoying customized spatial sound so your music feels perfectly tuned. With greater levels of control than before, these are the best AirPods around. They even have a better battery life of six hours with active noise cancellation enabled and 30 hours of total listening time thanks to the wireless charging case.
Apple AirPods Max – $449, was $549
The Apple AirPods Max are some of the best headphones out there, and they’re also some of the most fun to use. They have a dynamic driver designed by Apple that provides you with high fidelity sound. Active Noise Cancellation blocks out ambient noise so you can lose yourself in your music while Transparency Mode helps you hear back as needed. Spatial audio with dynamic head tracking helps you sense the sound around you while there’s also algorithmic audio that combines with custom acoustic design for the perfect listening experience. The knit mesh canopy and memory foam ear cushions ensure they feel super comfortable all day long and are also perfect given the 20 hour battery life.