Cyber Monday Apple AirPods deals 2022: our predictions

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It's Cyber Weekend now and Apple AirPods deals are about to drop. The best deals are likely to be the ones that emerged on Black Friday – Amazon's already knocked $50 off the newest AirPods Pro 2 and Walmart has knocked the 1st Gen pair down to their lowest-ever price – but we could still possibly see prices dip lower.

We're expecting to see Cyber Monday deals go live on November 28. Cyber Monday still historically has plenty of exclusive deals, like the last year's $60 saving off the AirPods with wired charging case at Walmart.

That said, the original AirPods Pro are the ones to look out for this year, as their newer replacement means that retailers will be looking to shift the older model from their inventory.

If you’re looking to pick up some AirPods right away, you’ll want to check out our roundup of the cheapest AirPods sales and deals. Or if you're happy to hold out till the end of November, save this page and keep checking back to discover the best Cyber Monday Apple AirPods deals as they appear.

Cyber Monday AirPods Deals

The best Cyber Monday AirPods deals

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AirPods Pro 2: was $249 now $199 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Apple's latest and greatest earbuds have never been this cheap, mostly because they only came out a couple of months ago. We saw them get $25 dollars off in October, but this is a huge deal on some of the best earbuds around – we raved about the noise cancellation and sound quality in our review (opens in new tab). The longer battery life and upgraded Find My support are both excellent too – and they're still light and comfortable.

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Apple AirPods Pro (1st Gen): was $169.99 now $159 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
Save $10 – This Black Friday deal is a return to the lowest price we've ever seen for the AirPods Pro, which offer solid noise cancellation, adjustable silicone ear tips, and a handy charging case. The second-generation AirPods launched earlier this year with a number of upgrades, but they're almost $100 more expensive, so this is a more affordable way to get some of Apple's premium earbuds. This offer is only available for Walmart Plus members (opens in new tab), and we predict it won't stick around for long.

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Apple AirPods Pro 2: was $249 now $229 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Amazon's early Black Friday deals just dropped the all-new AirPods Pro down to $229 – a nice $20 saving on some brand-new earbuds. Apple's premium AirPods include improved audio quality and noise cancellation, and include a wireless charging case that provides more than 24 hours of battery life. As of right now, the AirPods are in stock and ready to ship, so you should grab this deal now before they sell out.

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Apple AirPods (2nd Gen): was $129 now $79 at Walmart (opens in new tab)
This is nearly lowest price that Apple's cheapest AirPods have ever been. They once hit the same price briefly in the past, but that's it – there's never been a better price otherwise. They lack the Spatial Audio and improved sound quality of the AirPods 3rd Gen, and don't have the active noise cancellation of the AirPods Pro, but you still get smart features such as instant pairing, auto switching between devices, and Find My support.

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Apple AirPods 3rd Gen with MagSafe Case: was $169 $139 at Sam's Club (opens in new tab)
This is the cheapest we've ever seen the 3rd-gen AirPods, by $20! The latest non-Pro AirPods give you improved sound over the classic AirPods 2nd Gen, plus Spatial Audio, which is wonderful with movies especially. You don't get the in-ear fit or noise cancellations that you get from the Pros, but not everyone wants that anyway.

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AirPods Max: was $549 now $449 at Amazon (opens in new tab)
Apple's over-ear headphones are an audio tour de force, delivering huge sound that's natural and all-encompassing, thanks partly to the highly effective noise cancellation. This is a solid discount, though not spectacular – on very rare occasions, they've dropped as low as $349, but it's hard to say if that will happen again this year.

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Should you wait until Cyber Monday to buy AirPods?

Though a lot of Cyber Monday Apple AirPods deals are the same as Black Friday ones, we can still expect a few Cyber Monday exclusive deals from a bunch of retailers. Amazon offered $120 off the AirPods Max last year, for example.

With this in mind, it probably makes sense to wait until Cyber Monday to buy AirPods, since the Black Friday deals will most likely still be running throughout the weekend and into Monday. What's more, given the expected lower retail spending this year due to the cost of living crisis, it's likely that we'll see bigger discounts as the sales continue.

This means if you're looking to pick up some AirPods during the upcoming sales, you'll be fine to wait until Cyber Monday to see if something better comes along - as long as you can resist the temptation for a few days, that is.

Cyber Monday Apple AirPods: our predictions

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When will the best Cyber Monday Apple AirPods deals start in 2022?

Cyber Monday is on November 28 this year, though there's likely to be AirPods deals starting as soon as the weekend before. If you can wait, it's likely that the juiciest discounts won't be unveiled until the big day itself, however.

Keep an eye on this page, as we'll be updating it regularly with the newest and best deals as we discover them. And in the meantime, there's a host of great AirPods deals available right now if you're in a hurry, which we've listed in our cheapest AirPods sales and deals roundup.

What AirPods deals do we expect in 2022?

With the exception of the recently launched AirPods Pro 2, expect to see discounts across the entire AirPods range. Cyber Monday is always a good time to pick up some new AirPods - and this year is even better, since the original AirPods Pro are very likely to be heavily discounted as retailers look to clear their inventory.

Last year, the AirPods Pro were discounted by $70 at Amazon, so we should anticipate at least an extra $10-$20 on top of that this time around, given that they've been replaced now. We shouldn't expect the AirPods Pro 2 to get any major deals, as they're so new – though Amazon did offer 20% off during its Black Friday 2022 sales.

The original AirPods Pro (2019) could see some deep discounts this year, since they've officially been discontinued by Apple. They've already hit $159 at their lowest, so it wouldn't be unrealistic to expect another $20 off that.

Where will the best Apple Airpods deals be on Cyber Monday?

Of course, you'll find the best AirPods Cyber Monday deals here as soon as they drop. However, if you want to snag some deals on your own you'll need to know where to look. We've listed the retailers we most recommend shopping at for AirPods deals over Cyber Monday if you want to find the best deals yourself.

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3 tips for buying Apple AirPods on Cyber Monday

1. Find the best AirPods for you first

Since Apple offers a wide range of its popular AirPods these days, it's easy to become confused over the many choices on offer. Do you need wireless charging, or is wired OK? What's the difference between regular AirPods and the AirPods Pro? And do you really need the extra features of the AirPods Max? To help you decide which AirPods are the ones for you, take a look at our guide of the best AirPods.

2. Set your budget ahead of the big day

Once you've figured out which AirPods are the perfect ones for you, you should set yourself a maximum budget ahead of Cyber Monday so you know what your limits are. Setting a realistic budget will mean making a final decision is easier - it also means that deals are even better if they're below your maximum budget.

3. Shop around before you make your decision

Cyber Monday always has great AirPods deals but it's certainly worth checking out your options before you pull the trigger. If you've found a deal you like the look of, it's a good idea to check several other retailers' sites before you commit, in case you can save a little bit extra. What's more, always make sure that the retailer you're planning on buying from is genuine and trustworthy, in the event that you need aftercare if a problem develops in the future.

Al Griffin
Senior Editor Home Entertainment, US

Al Griffin has been writing about and reviewing A/V tech since the days LaserDiscs roamed the earth, and was previously the editor of Sound & Vision magazine. 

When not reviewing the latest and greatest gear or watching movies at home, he can usually be found out and about on a bike.

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