Apple deals don't come along too often, and especially not on devices that have only been out for a month. So we were surprised when the AirPods 3 were discounted at Walmart for Black Friday. That deal has now expired, but there is a Cyber Monday AirPods 3 deal now available at Amazon. And it's worth snapping up if you're looking for new Apple earbuds.
That said, the AirPods 3 share a lot in common with the AirPods Pro, which also add noise-cancelling and better sound quality into the mix and are now just $10 more on Cyber Monday. We believe they're actually the best Cyber Monday AirPods deal around, if you can stretch your budget to them.
Best Cyber Monday Apple AirPods 3 deal
Apple AirPods 3
$179 $169.99 at Amazon (save $9)
Apple's latest AirPods edge one step closer to the AirPods Pro. How? With shorter stems and the inclusion of spatial audio. Honestly, any discount on these excellent new earbuds is welcome.
Apple AirPods Pro earbuds
$249 $179 at Amazon (save $70)
Under review, we called the AirPods Pro "exceptionally comfortable" and praised their "strong noise-canceling and balanced, easy-going sound". Grab this deal while it lasts – we can't imagine it'll get any lower at this late stage.
Apple's latest AirPods were cheaper ($155) on Black Friday – so we wondered if we'd see a further drop as the hours rolled into Cyber Monday. That doesn't appear to be the case, but honestly, any discount on the new AirPods is welcome, no matter how small, so the current $9 saving at Amazon isn't bad at all. These are brand-new earbuds, after all. Your call.
The AirPods 3 bring Apple's wireless earbuds a step closer to the AirPods Pro. That's thanks to redesigned, shorter stems and support for spatial audio. This uses dynamic head tracking to place the sound in relation to your head – turn to the left, and the audio will adjust, so it sounds like the dialogue you're listening to is coming from the direction of the TV screen, even though you're wearing headphones. Clever, right?
The sound has also been given a polish. It now has slightly more weight, with a bolder bass and smoothed out top end sandwiching a lush midrange. That bottom end is more shapely and precise too, giving basslines a sharper kick and helping to will them along. So, improved sound, innovative Apple-centric features, and a Pro-inspired redesign. And all at a modest but welcome discount.
But the AirPods Pro add better sound and noise-cancelling to the formula – all for just an extra $10 this Cyber Monday. We know which pair we'd go for.
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