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One item always topping Christmas gift wishlists? The much coveted Apple AirPods. Ahead of the peak holiday season, a host of Apple Black Friday sales are already underway, so you can beat the mad dash and cash in on the discounts while there's still stock — historically, they quickly sell out.
One word to the wise: Apple does not directly run Black Friday deals, but there's a plethora of AirPods Black Friday deals at major retailers like Walmart and Amazon. In fact, the latter just knocked down the original AirPods Pro (2nd Gen) to just under $100. And our Good Housekeeping Institute tech pros' best noise-canceling headphones pick is seeing early markdowns ahead of the big event, too. If you're hoping to snag tech devices before the holiday shopping mayhem, you'll want to cash in on these deals, ahead.
We updated this page with the best AirPods sales in stock at 7:30 A.M. EST on Black Friday. Below, we're breaking down what you need to know about each Apple AirPods model.
AirPods Pro (2nd Generation)
AirPods (2nd Generation)
Consistently dropping in price around savings events like Black Friday, the second-generation AirPods tend to sell out fast. They come with a Lightning charging case (the same cable as your iPhone 14 or previous model) that furthers the battery life of the earbuds by up to 24 hours. The Apple H1 chip means it'll seamlessly connect across compatible devices. They feature stellar sound quality, even though they don't offer the newest features like noise cancellation.
These trendy on-ear headphones have quickly taken the Internet by storm. While they cost more than other AirPods, the sound experience is vastly different. The AirPods Max offer both Active Noise Cancellation as well as Transparency Mode, giving you control over how much outside noise you hear. Its on-head detection automatically connects the headphones when you put them on and pauses you're listening once you take them off.
AirPods (3rd Generation)
If you like the look and feel of standard AirPods (2nd Gen) but are looking for more updated tech specs, the AirPods (3rd Generation) fit the bill. The earbuds don't offer noise cancellation or transparency modes, but they are equipped with spatial audio and dynamic head tracking to place sound all around you while you jam out. They feature a comparable battery life to the AirPods Pro (up to 3o hours when paired with the charging case) and while they haven't dropped too much in price, it's still a chance to save.
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