Best AirPods deals for Black Friday 2020

Best AirPods deals for Black Friday 2020
This article will be updated regularly as new Black Friday deals on AirPods and AirPods Pro become available.

Even at the height of a global pandemic, everybody seems to love true wireless earbuds, with Apple's extravagant AirPods and dirt-cheap Chinese clones in particular proving popular nowadays pretty much regardless of season, time of year, and socio-economic context.

Still, there is a time and a place bunch of places ideal for picking up a pair of second-gen AirPods or AirPods Pro at an unbeatable discount, and said time is rapidly approaching, with a number of major US retailers and carriers gearing up for some spectacular Black Friday deals around November 27.

Of course, Amazon may have already given us an early taste of what's in the pipeline at multiple sellers as part of the e-commerce giant's extensive Prime Day sales event. In fact, the Walmart Black Friday 2020 deals are already live, and so are many Black Friday discounts at Target. Sales at Best Buy and bargains at Amazon are also live even though there's still a little time to go until Black Friday.

Naturally, the AirPods and AirPods Pro won't be the only Apple products marked down ahead of the holiday season. We expect seeing generous Black Friday discounts on Apple Watch, as well as iPad sales for Black Friday. And many Black Friday iPhone deals are already available ahead of Thanksgiving.  

AirPods with charging case, Black Friday discounts


Commercially released around a year and a half ago, Apple's most affordable AirPods variant currently in circulation is typically available for $159 a pair. Due to its somewhat advanced age, increasingly stiff competition, and unexciting bundled wired charging case, we fully expect that list price to be reduced considerably during the Black Friday 2020 festivities.

In fact, the entry-level model of the world's top-selling true wireless earbuds was recently marked down at Best Buy, retailing for $99.99. The price is back up to around 130 bucks at multiple major US retailers now, but it feels rather predictable that it will eventually dip down once more for Black Friday.

AirPods with wireless charging case: Black Friday deals


Apple's mid-tier AirPods model is pretty much identical to the cheapest version of the early 2019-released true wireless earbuds apart from the obvious addition of wireless charging capabilities. The fancier case doesn't deliver any battery life upgrades over the 24-hour endurance rating of the wired model, nonetheless adding $40 to the regular price of the second-gen non-Pro AirPods.

That leaves a little more room for heftier discounts, so you shouldn't be surprised to hear Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target are all charging 40 bucks less than usual, essentially bringing the AirPods with wireless charging case down to the typical price of a pair of these bad boys bundled with a standard wired charging case.

Before prematurely pulling the trigger, you may want to keep in mind that we've actually seen this model more deeply discounted in the past, so there's a very good chance some (if not all) of the major US retailers listed above will go as low as $140 or even $130 come Black Friday 2020.

Will the AirPods Pro be on sale for Black Friday?


In short, the answer to that question is a resounding yes. Even better, the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro can already be purchased at a decent $30 off their $250 list price from B&H with a week or so still to go until the Black Friday celebration technically kicks off. But that's actually nothing compared to the $50 discount currently offered by Amazon, Walmart, and Target with no strings attached.

The best early deal, however, comes from Woot, a highly reputable e-tailer owned by none other than Amazon, which charges $189.99 for a brand-new, unused, unopened, and undamaged pair of AirPods Pro with a full 1-year Apple warranty included at the time of this update.

Then again, Walmart plans to bring the aforementioned MSRP of the AirPods Pro all the way down to $169 online on November 25 before obviously expanding that killer Black Friday deal to its brick and mortar stores come, well, Friday, November 27. Something tells us Amazon, Best Buy, Target, and perhaps even AT&T and Verizon will look to match that incredible promotion soon enough, so it's probably wise not to settle for a $50 or $60 discount just yet.

In keeping with tradition, Apple itself is likely to throw holiday shoppers a bone in the form of a gift card that could be bundled with both the AirPods Pro and "standard" AirPods this year. The company sold the non-Pro earbuds with a $25 gift card included for Black Friday 2019, mind you, offering no holiday deal whatsoever for the high-end October 2019-released model. 

Things could be different this time around for fairly obvious reasons, but it's hard to predict the value of Apple's impending gift card promotions. 

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