It’s been a brilliant few weeks for anyone who wants to get money off Apple’s immensely-popular AirPods. Over the Black Friday bargain-fest, the price of the standard second-generation AirPods dropped while the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro were discounted by £50 (a deal that’s still available, by the way). However, the newly-launched AirPods 3 remained stubbornly at their recommended retail price, or RRP. With less than a fortnight until Christmas, these brand-new AirPods – which only launched alongside the latest iPhone model back in September – have finally received their first price drop. If you’ve been waiting to get the latest earbuds from Apple at a discounted price, this is your chance!
With the latest price cut on Amazon, the redesigned third-generation AirPods have now dropped to the same price as the pair they replaced in Apple’s line-up. That means you can pop them in your basket for £159 – a £10 saving! Since their launch, Apple sold its wireless earbuds for £159… so it was a bit of a shock when the latest redesign added an extra £10 to the price tag. Something that Amazon has now made up for!
Compared to those earlier earbuds, the third-generation AirPods offer a number of upgrades. The design has been completely re-engineered with a shorter stem for the beam-forming microphones – making the entire ‘bud more compact. Despite the compact new stem, these redesigned AirPods are still capable of delivering clear call quality when outside in the wind and rain.
The new shape also houses some new components designed to boost sound quality compared to the second-generation AirPods. Like the AirPods Pro, these third-generation AirPods boast support for Apple’s head-tracking Spatial Audio feature. This maps out the sounds you’re hearing in physical space around you. So, when you’re watching a movie or boxset on your iPhone and the character rushes to the left of the screen …so will their audio.
In fact, the only difference between these and the pricier AirPods Pro is the latter has interchangeable rubber tips to create a tighter seal in your ear and boasts active-noise-cancellation. That’s it. If you don’t like the isolation provided by noise-cancellation, the third-generation AirPods are your best bet.