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Apple’s products are known for many things — aesthetics, longevity, features, quality — but one thing they’re not known for: going on sale. The company never discounts its own hardware, but the brand new AirPods Pro are $53 off at Amazon right now as part of a surprise Apple sale. That brings them down to just $197 — the lowest price we’re seeing at any retailer right now (for comparison: the AirPods Pro retail for $249 at Apple.com).
This price drop came shortly after rumors of the next generation AirPods began surfacing. Not much is known about Apple’s alleged new earbuds, which have not been discussed by the company. Still, some believe this AirPods Pro sale is Apple making way for new inventory later this summer.
The AirPods Pro are the latest version of Apple’s totally wireless earbuds, and stand out from the first and second generation versions — available on sale for $128.98 and $159.98 respectively — in a couple of ways.
The most important difference is that the AirPods Pro support active noise cancellation, which uses the microphones on each bud to filter outside sounds. Second, the AirPods Pro use gummy eartips, which create a more complete seal inside your ear to prevent noise from leaking in or out.
Apple includes three sizes of eartips in the box, so you should find a pair that fits. Previous generations of AirPods had hard outer shells that created a looser seal, and would be prone to falling out.
The AirPods Pro get five hours of battery life, but recharge when they’re inside their case. Counting the power inside the case, you get 24 hours of active use from the AirPods Pro before the buds and case need to be plugged in. The AirPods Pro case supports wireless charging, which was introduced in with the second generation AirPods; the first-generation AirPods must be connect to power via a cable.
It was hard to find the AirPods Pro for several months last year due to stock shortages, and that was without a discount. And while the wireless earbuds were available again this year, there were shipping delays last month. Fortunately, the AirPods Pro are back in stock and on sale for just $197. This deal isn’t tied to any particular event, so the price could go back up at any time. Shop the latest AirPods Pro deal here.