If you're looking for a new pair of AirPods to gift to a loved one this year, you're certainly not alone. These popular wireless earbuds have been high on many wish lists since they first debuted in 2016. We're now on the third-generation of Apple's standard earbuds, and the second full revamp of the higher-end AirPods Pro. And those who want all of the conveniences of AirPods in a classic, over-ear design can still turn to Apple's AirPods Max. Regardless of which model you're looking to gift (or buy for yourself), there are discounts to be had for Black Friday. Here are the best deals on AirPods we found for Black Friday 2022.
AirPods Pro (2nd gen)
The latest AirPods Pro are on sale for $200 for Black Friday. While that's not a huge discount, it's significant for a pair of Apple earbuds that just came out a couple of months ago. These buds earned a score of 88 from us for their improved sound quality, excellent Transparency Mode and solid active noise cancellation. We also appreciate the addition of the U1 chip inside the buds' wireless charging case, which enables Precision Finding using the Find My app.
AirPods (3rd gen)
Apple's third-generation AirPods have dropped to $140, which is $30 off their usual price. The company totally revamped the design of the standard AirPods with this iteration, and they earned a score of 88 from us for their comfortable fit, noticeably better audio quality and longer battery life. Just keep in mind that these buds don't have ANC — you'll have to spring for the AirPods Pro to get that feature.
AirPods (2nd gen)
The second-generation AirPods are on sale for $79 for Black Friday, although we have seen them go in and out of stock since they dropped that low. They're a bit outdated at this point, but if you're looking for a basic pair of wireless earbuds that work well within the Apple ecosystem, they'll be a good option. This model earned a score of 84 from us when it came out in 2019 for its improved wireless performance and solid battery life.
The over-ear AirPods Max have dropped to $449, or $100 off their usual price. The most premium of Apple's audio gadgets, the AirPods Max have excellent, balanced sound, solid ANC, reliable touch controls and a good battery life. There are better headphones out there when it comes to overall sound quality and ANC, but these are the ones to get if you want them to work seamlessly with all of your other Apple devices.
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