The latest version of Apple’s AirPods Pro is back on sale for $190 at Amazon and Target, which is only a dollar more than the lowest price we’ve tracked. We’ve seen this new model briefly fall this low a few times since arriving in September, and there’s at least some chance it could drop farther by Black Friday, but the discount is still $60 less than Apple’s usual price. It also beats the deal we saw over the weekend by $10.
As a refresher, this variant of the AirPods Pro comes with a USB-C charging case to match the latest crop of iPhones. It technically has a higher IP54 dust-resistance rating and will support lossless audio with the upcoming Vision Pro headset as well. Other than that, though, it’s essentially the same as the Lightning-based model that Apple launched last year.
That’s not a bad thing: We gave that pair a review score of 88 at launch for its effective active noise cancellation (ANC), pleasantly warm sound, superb transparency mode and easy pairing with other Apple devices. You really need to be a dedicated Apple user to get the most out of it but, if so, perks like Find My tracking and hands-free Siri can also be useful. A software update last month added a few new helpful features as well, including an “Adaptive Audio” mode that blends the ANC and transparency modes based on your surroundings and can automatically lower the volume when you start speaking to somebody else.
We wouldn’t call the AirPods Pro the best wireless earbuds overall: Their six-ish hours of battery life is just average, there’s no way to customize the EQ and the touch controls take some getting used to. If you want a similar pair that’s more suitable for the gym, the Beats Fit Pro (which is also on sale) would be a better choice. But the AirPods Pro remain a compelling option for those firmly planted in Apple Land, which is why they’re the “best for iOS” pick in our wireless earbuds buying guide.
The only small caveat here is a Bloomberg report from last week that detailed Apple’s plans to revamp its entire AirPods lineup starting next year. According to the report, this refresh will include a version of the standard AirPods with ANC and a redesigned AirPods Pro that may include new hearing health features. Bloomberg says most of those headphones won’t arrive until late 2024, however, while the new AirPods Pro won’t release until 2025.