AirPods are one of the most ubiquitous tech gadgets of our day. A sign of the times, if you will. Whether you were elated or annoyed back in 2016 when Apple announced it was removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 (and subsequently launched AirPods), odds are you’ve warmed up to wireless headphones since. But AirPods don’t come cheap, and thanks to their popularity and Apple’s general lack of discounts, it’s rare to find them on sale. That’s where Amazon comes in.
Amazon Prime Day, the site’s signature sale event, is officially returning on July 12 and July 13, 2022 according to an Amazon press release. Prime Day Apple deals reliably bring some of the best prices of the year to Apple products because Amazon marks them down well below standard retail pricing — and AirPods are no exception. Last year, AirPods were discounted up to 20% off during Prime Day, which was one of the steepest AirPods sales we’d seen at the time.
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In even more exciting news, this year’s early Prime Day deals on AirPods have already eclipsed last year’s savings. Right now, AirPods Max are the lowest price ever. And 2nd generation AirPods are discounted nearly 40% off, for just $99.
Ahead, check out the best pre-Prime Day AirPods deals that you can shop now on Amazon. And below, we answer some of our readers’ most frequently asked questions about Amazon Prime Day, including all the logistical details we know (so far!), how to get an Amazon Prime membership, and of course, we speculate on what will be the best Prime Day deals of 2022.
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AirPods Pro marry the convenience of wireless earbuds with the sound quality of over-ear headphones. They also have multiple settings that allow for different listening experiences: noise cancellation mode blocks out virtually all environmental sound (an impressive feat for a pair of earbuds without full coverage ear cushions), transparency mode heightens environmental noise so you can hear what’s happening around you, or you can turn noise control off altogether for a natural audio balance. The sound quality of AirPods Pro is enhanced when paired with Apple Music’s Dolby Atmos spatial audio, Apple’s new 360-degree sound format. AirPods Pro are the only AirPods model that comes with three different silicone tips for a customizable in-ear fit. They are also sweat and water resistant, making them a great option for exercise. Apple still recommends wiping them down after intense workouts.
Apple AirPods (3rd Generation)
The third generation AirPods bring the sound quality of AirPods Pro with a streamlined design and slightly more affordable price point. These are the latest model of the standard one-size AirPods, updated to be compatible with Dolby Atmos spatial audio and dynamic head tracking (sensors track your head movement, then adjusts the audio so it always sounds like it’s coming from the direction of your iPhone). They also feature a force sensor button on the left earbud which allows you to control entertainment, answer or end calls and more without touching your phone. This model comes with a wireless MagSafe charging case.
Apple AirPods (2nd Generation)
The second generation AirPods are your standard AirPods. They are the most popular AirPods on Amazon by a long shot, with more than 500,000 reviews and counting. They are also the most affordable—right now they’re 37% off, bringing them to only $100. While this model doesn’t have the latest bells and whistles like noise cancellation or spatial audio, they do boast excellent sound quality, automatic pairing with your iPhone, in-ear detection and the sheer convenience that turned so many of us onto AirPods in the first place. This model comes with a wired charging case (lightning cable compatible).
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Apple AirPods Max
AirPods Max is Apple’s take on over-ear headphones. They provide the most premium audio experience and most comfortable fit of the AirPods product lineup, perfect for those who spend multiple hours per day wearing headphones. In addition to spatial audio and active noise cancellation, AirPods Max also features a custom-built driver that delivers virtually undistorted sound directly into your ears. They also fit most head shapes comfortably thanks to the knit-mesh headband, memory foam ear cushions, and adjustable arms.
Wireless Charging Case for AirPods
If you need a replacement AirPods case, Amazon sells those too! This wireless charging AirPods case works with Apple MagSafe, qi wireless charging mats (the standard wireless charging technology in most consumer-grade wireless chargers), or a lightning cable for wired charging. This charging case model is compatible with first and second generation AirPods only (not third generation or AirPods Pro).
Apple EarPods with Lightning Connector
Though technically not AirPods, Apple EarPods are becoming popular all over again among social media users and content creators thanks to the external microphone located on the cord. It’s conveniently situated about halfway down the cord, allowing users to capture audio and video with clear recordings of their voice. While EarPods sound quality isn’t up to par with AirPods, it is still acceptable for casual listening.
Is Prime Day a good time to buy AirPods?
Yes! In fact, Jessica Teich, deputy editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute says that “Prime Day is one of the best times to buy Apple products, including AirPods, Apple Watches and even MacBooks and iPads. On Prime Day in 2021, we saw AirPods go up to 20% off, which is one of the steepest sales on AirPods we’ve seen. Apple Watches were also up to $80 off.” This year, AirPods savings have already eclipsed those of Prime Day 2021, so Prime Day 2022 is definitely going to be an opportune time to stock up on all things Apple. (Early holiday shopping, anyone?)
What are the best Prime Day deals 2022?
On Amazon Prime Day in 2021, there were over two million deals across every category, including home, tech, fashion, appliances, furniture, beauty and travel. Teich says that the best Prime Day deals tend to be in the tech and appliances categories.
When is Amazon Prime Day 2022?
Earlier today, Amazon announced via a press release that Prime Day 2022 will take place on July 12 and July 13. The report also revealed that Prime Day will be extended to 20 countries this year and that more small- and medium-sized businesses than ever will be included in the sale. Prime Day only last 48 hours and only happens once per year, so be sure to mark your calendar for July 12 and 13.
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