During Black Friday and Cyber Monday this year, you can expect to find many of the best wireless earbuds on sale for their lowest prices yet. Apple’s AirPods Pro, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus, and other popular models from Jabra, Sony, and more companies have never been more affordable. If you haven’t yet treated yourself to a set of truly wireless earbuds that connect via Bluetooth, prepare to never look back to using wired earbuds.
We have collected deals across multiple retailers below, and they’re all significantly lower than their usual asking price. As new deals become available or go out of stock, we’ll update this post.
Apple AirPod deals
Apple’s AirPods Pro, pictured above, are the star of Black Friday — and the best deal we’ve seen yet will be launching online through Walmart on Wednesday, November 25th, at 7PM ET / 4PM PT. Their asking price is $250, though they’ve regularly sold for around $200. Walmart’s deal sees the price plummet to $169, though we expect it to sell out extremely fast.
If you’d rather not deal with the hysteria or if you don’t want to shop from Walmart, Woot has the AirPods Pro selling at $190. This was nearly the best before word got around about the Walmart deal. But once that inevitably sells out, you should be able to find stock available at Woot.
For a simpler, less expensive set of AirPods that lack the Pro’s active noise cancellation and snug fit, the standard model is down to $119 (normally $159) at Amazon, Best Buy, and other retailers. It includes a wired charging case.
If you want AirPods that include a case that charges wirelessly via a wireless charger, that model is $150 now (usually $199) at several retailers like Best Buy, Walmart, and Amazon.
Apple itself isn’t honoring the big discounts on AirPods this holiday, but it will give you a $25 gift card and the option for free engraving if you buy some through its online store between November 27th and November 30th.
Samsung Galaxy Bud deals
At Best Buy, you can save on either the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus ($110, usually $150) or the bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live ($140, usually $170). These prices aren’t anything too special at this point, but these get a nod for including a $20 Best Buy gift card with either set of earphones. The only catch is that you need to buy your earbuds in the Best Buy-exclusive blue colorway.
Jabra is offering a great deal on its previous-generation Elite 65t wireless earbuds. Normally around $100 (though, they’re commonly available for less), you can pick up a set at Best Buy or Amazon for $70.
If you want features like noise cancellation, better sound quality, and a charging case that supports USB-C (unlike the Elite 65t’s Micro USB case), check out the Jabra Elite 75t, their successor. Normally $180, they’re down to $140.
Best Buy says it will discount the Elite 75t further by $10 on Thursday, November 26th, so your final cost then will be $130 before tax.
Other earbud deals
The Sony WF-XB700 wireless earbuds usually cost $130, but they’re down to $68 at a few retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, and more. These are a solid pick if you’re looking for a snug fit and better sound quality than you might expect for this price range.
Anker’s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 normally cost $100, but they’re $70 right now at Amazon and Best Buy. In our roundup of the best budget-friendly wireless earbuds, my colleague Chris Welch said these have better microphones for voice calls than any other model he tested in this price range.
The OnePlus Buds wireless earbuds cost $59 through the OnePlus site and from Amazon and B&H Photo. They usually cost $79. The OnePlus Buds Z usually get our recommendation since they are just $50, but for this deal, the standard Buds have larger drivers and a slightly more fashionable carrying case.
Amazon’s debut wireless earbuds, the Echo Buds, are back down to their lowest price at Amazon. Normally $130, you can snag a set for $80. For this price, they’re a good value since they feature Bose noise reduction technology and can now track your workouts.
Apple Faces Lawsuit in Italy Over iPhone Battery Life – The Deep Dive
It appears that Apple is in hot water once again, this time about making misleading claims regarding the battery life of older iPhones.
Altroconsumo, an Italian consumer organization, on Monday announced it has filed a class-action lawsuit against Apple, alleging the iPhone manufacturer of planned obsolescence. The association is seeking $73 million in damages, after Italian consumers were allegedly mislead regarding the battery life of older iPhone models, specifically the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, 6S, and 6S Plus. Sales of the iPhone models in Italy totalled over 1 million between 2014 and 2020.
In an emailed response to the lawsuit, Apple maintains that it has not done anything intentional to reduce the lifespan of its products, or diminish the user experience in order to increase consumer upgrades. However, this is not the first class-action suit of its kind: similar lawsuits were previously filed in the US, claiming that the iPhone manufacturer purposefully created software updates that reduced the performance of older devices.
In November 2020, Apple agreed to pay US$113 million to settle the case with several US regulators. In the meantime, US consumers are still awaiting the results from a US court regarding a class-action settlement worth up to US$500 million.
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“I’ve loved walking ever since I was a little girl in the Smoky Mountains,” Parton said in the official Apple press release. “I think it’s so important to be able to get out and walk if we can during this time. I do my best thinking when I walk. And while many of us feel confined during this time, I’m hopeful that people will take a walk down memory lane with me and we can all feel a little more freedom taking the time to walk together.”
“Taking a walk is a great way to clear your mind,” Mendes said in the release. “It’s the most simple thing you can do to calm the body and soul, reflect, and slow down. I hope people get to feel the same sense of calm I do while walking and can bring that to their own experiences.”
Fitness+ subscribers can enjoy Time to Walk episodes on their Apple Watch with AirPods or other Bluetooth headphones. New episodes will automatically appear on the Workout app on Apple Watch and on the Fitness+ tab in the Fitness app on the iPhone. Apple Watch users who use a wheelchair will have access to Time to Push, which automatically starts an Outdoor Wheelchair Walk Pace workout.
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Dan Riccio, who has worked as Apple’s senior vice-president of engineering since 2012, is stepping back from leading Apple’s hardware division.
In a recent press release, Apple confirmed that Riccio is working on a mysterious “new project” and will continue to report directly to Tim Cook, its CEO. Riccio has worked on several notable projects, including Apple’s ARM-based M1 processor, the AirPods Max, the iPhone 12 and even the original iMac.
“Working at Apple has been the opportunity of a lifetime, spent making the world’s best products with the most talented people you could imagine,” said Riccio in a recent press release.
“After 23 years of leading our Product Design or Hardware Engineering teams — culminating with our biggest and most ambitious product year ever — it’s the right time for a change. Next up, I’m looking forward to doing what I love most — focusing all my time and energy at Apple on creating something new and wonderful that I couldn’t be more excited about.”
John Ternus will take on Riccio’s former role of senior vice-president of engineering. Ternus has served as Apple’s VP of hardware engineering since 2013 and played a significant role in the release of the first iPad and, more recently, the first-generation AirPods.
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