Best early Black Friday AirPods deals

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It’s that time of year again—Black Friday, the yearly shopping event where everyone hunts for the biggest deals. Apple’s AirPods are famously popular gifts and travel companions, and various models are often on sale throughout the year. So keep your eyes peeled for great deals on AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max as the Black Friday sales take off.

We typically see Black Friday deals starting in early November, and culminating in the post-Thanksgiving weekend. In 2023 Black Friday falls on November 24 and Cyber Monday on November 27. We expect to see some truly fantastic deals. For example, in 2022 we saw discounts of $50-100 on various AirPods models.

Return here throughout November as we highlight the best deals leading up to and through Black Friday.

Black Friday 2023: Apple’s shopping event

Every year Apple holds shopping event from Black Friday (November 24) to Cyber Monday (November 27). However, since Apple rarely discounts its products, the event consists of gift card offers rather than actual savings.

In 2023 you can get gift cards for the following voucher amounts with AirPods purchased on Apple’s U.S. site or Apple’s U.K. site.

AirPods (2nd generation)$25£20AirPods (3rd generation)$25£20AirPods Pro (2nd generation)$50£40AirPods Max$75£60

Black Friday: Best AirPods deals

Heading into Black Friday, these are the best deals we’ve found so far.

Deals in the U.S.:

Walmart, AirPods Pro (2nd-gen, Lightning case): $199 ($50 off, MSRP $249)

Amazon, AirPods Pro (2nd-gen, USB-C case): $190 ($59 off, MSRP $249)

Amazon, AirPods (2nd gen): $80 ($49 off, MSRP $129)

Amazon, AirPods (3rd gen, Lightning case): $140 ($29 off, MSRP $169)

Amazon, AirPods Max: $409 ($140 off, MSRP $549)

Deals in the U.K.:

Amazon, AirPods Pro (2nd gen), USB-C: £199 (£30 off, MSRP £229). You can also find the same deal at Currys, John Lewis and Very.

Amazon, AirPods Pro (2nd gen), Lightning: £199 (£30 off, MSRP was £229). Note these are the Lightning, not the new USB-C earbuds.

John Lewis, AirPods Max: £479 (£20 off; current MSRP £499). You can also find the same deal at AO, Argos and Currys.

Amazon, AirPods (2nd gen): £99 (£20 off, MSRP £129)

Amazon, AirPods (3rd gen, Lightning case): £149 (£20 off, MSRP £169)

Amazon, AirPods (3rd gen, MagSafe case): £159 (£20 off, MSRP £179)

Black Friday 2023: Latest AirPods Pro deals

The 2nd-generation AirPods Pro look just like the first-gen model, but they sound better, have longer battery life, and offer a few other welcome improvements. You should look for the just-updated version with a USB-C charging case, which retails for $249 / £229 but is often on sale for at least $50 off.

Black Friday 2023: Latest AirPods deals

The third-generation AirPods are a significant upgrade over the 2nd-gen model. They typically retail for $179 / £179 with the wireless charging case, but you can often find them a little cheaper. Apple also sells a model with a wired Lightning case for $169 / £169.

The biggest discounts are typically found on second-generation AirPods. They’re a bit out of date and don’t have nearly the features or sound quality of the third-gen model, but if you primarily want to use them for phone calls rather than music, they’re not a bad buy and you can save a lot of money. Apple sells them for $129 / £129 but you can easily find them for a lot less.

Latest AirPods Max deals

Frankly, AirPods Max are overpriced (even on sale). Compared to other consumer-oriented over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones, you might pay hundreds more. Apple’s price is $549 / £499, and they’re easy enough to find for up to $100 less, but a good price would be under $400.

Black Friday 2023: All Apple deals

Stay on top of the best Black Friday deals as they arrive with our dedicated roundups.

Best Black Friday 2023 MacBook deals

Best Black Friday 2023 Mac deals

Best Black Friday 2023 AirPods deals

Best Black Friday 2023 Apple Watch deals

Best Black Friday 2023 iPad deals

Best Black Friday 2023 iPhone deals

Best Black Friday 2023 Mac monitor deals

Best Black Friday 2023 SSD and external hard drive deals

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It’s that time of year again—Black Friday, the yearly shopping event where everyone hunts for the biggest deals. Apple’s AirPods are famously popular gifts and travel companions, and various models are often on sale throughout the year. So keep your eyes peeled for great deals on AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max as the Black Friday sales take off.

We typically see Black Friday deals starting in early November, and culminating in the post-Thanksgiving weekend. In 2023 Black Friday falls on November 24 and Cyber Monday on November 27. We expect to see some truly fantastic deals. For example, in 2022 we saw discounts of $50-100 on various AirPods models.

Return here throughout November as we highlight the best deals leading up to and through Black Friday.

Black Friday 2023: Apple’s shopping event

Every year Apple holds shopping event from Black Friday (November 24) to Cyber Monday (November 27). However, since Apple rarely discounts its products, the event consists of gift card offers rather than actual savings.

In 2023 you can get gift cards for the following voucher amounts with AirPods purchased on Apple’s U.S. site or Apple’s U.K. site.

AirPods (2nd generation)$25£20AirPods (3rd generation)$25£20AirPods Pro (2nd generation)$50£40AirPods Max$75£60

Black Friday: Best AirPods deals

Heading into Black Friday, these are the best deals we’ve found so far.

Deals in the U.S.:

Walmart, AirPods Pro (2nd-gen, Lightning case): $199 ($50 off, MSRP $249)

Amazon, AirPods Pro (2nd-gen, USB-C case): $190 ($59 off, MSRP $249)

Amazon, AirPods (2nd gen): $80 ($49 off, MSRP $129)

Amazon, AirPods (3rd gen, Lightning case): $140 ($29 off, MSRP $169)

Amazon, AirPods Max: $409 ($140 off, MSRP $549)

Deals in the U.K.:

Amazon, AirPods Pro (2nd gen), USB-C: £199 (£30 off, MSRP £229). You can also find the same deal at Currys, John Lewis and Very.

Amazon, AirPods Pro (2nd gen), Lightning: £199 (£30 off, MSRP was £229). Note these are the Lightning, not the new USB-C earbuds.

John Lewis, AirPods Max: £479 (£20 off; current MSRP £499). You can also find the same deal at AO, Argos and Currys.

Amazon, AirPods (2nd gen): £99 (£20 off, MSRP £129)

Amazon, AirPods (3rd gen, Lightning case): £149 (£20 off, MSRP £169)

Amazon, AirPods (3rd gen, MagSafe case): £159 (£20 off, MSRP £179)

Black Friday 2023: Latest AirPods Pro deals

The 2nd-generation AirPods Pro look just like the first-gen model, but they sound better, have longer battery life, and offer a few other welcome improvements. You should look for the just-updated version with a USB-C charging case, which retails for $249 / £229 but is often on sale for at least $50 off.

Black Friday 2023: Latest AirPods deals

The third-generation AirPods are a significant upgrade over the 2nd-gen model. They typically retail for $179 / £179 with the wireless charging case, but you can often find them a little cheaper. Apple also sells a model with a wired Lightning case for $169 / £169.

The biggest discounts are typically found on second-generation AirPods. They’re a bit out of date and don’t have nearly the features or sound quality of the third-gen model, but if you primarily want to use them for phone calls rather than music, they’re not a bad buy and you can save a lot of money. Apple sells them for $129 / £129 but you can easily find them for a lot less.

Latest AirPods Max deals

Frankly, AirPods Max are overpriced (even on sale). Compared to other consumer-oriented over-the-ear noise-cancelling headphones, you might pay hundreds more. Apple’s price is $549 / £499, and they’re easy enough to find for up to $100 less, but a good price would be under $400.

Black Friday 2023: All Apple deals

Stay on top of the best Black Friday deals as they arrive with our dedicated roundups.

Best Black Friday 2023 MacBook deals

Best Black Friday 2023 Mac deals

Best Black Friday 2023 AirPods deals

Best Black Friday 2023 Apple Watch deals

Best Black Friday 2023 iPad deals

Best Black Friday 2023 iPhone deals

Best Black Friday 2023 Mac monitor deals

Best Black Friday 2023 SSD and external hard drive deals

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