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Should you get AirPods 3 or wait for AirPods 4?

Published May 13th, 2024 7:33AM EDT
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Apple’s AirPods 3 are among the most popular earbuds out there right now. That’s to be expected, of course, since AirPods are super popular in general. But this year, Apple is finally expected to update its AirPods lineup with a new AirPods 4 model that should debut alongside the iPhone 16 lineup in September. Does that mean you should wait for AirPods 4, or is it a good idea to pick up AirPods 3 now instead?

There are certainly pros and cons to both arguments. AirPods 4 are expected to have a slightly new design and an updated case with a USB-C charging port. But there are two good reasons not to wait, and to just pick up a pair of AirPods 3 right now. First, AirPods 4 aren’t expected to be a big upgrade in terms of sound quality or features. And second, AirPods 3 are on sale right now for $139.99, which is the lowest price ever for this model.

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If you read through BGR’s in-depth AirPods 3 review, you’ll see that AirPods 3 are a huge step up from the 2nd-generation AirPods that they replaced.

Compared to the previous-generation model, I really like Apple’s newer AirPods 3 design.

First and foremost, they have silicone ear tips, so they isolate sound in your ears. The hard plastic ear tips are one thing I never liked about Apple’s original AirPods design. Some people like a more open design that lets in more surrounding sound, but I personally don’t. When I’m listening to music, that’s all I want to hear.

AirPods 3 also have shorter stems and support for Spatial Audio, which some people really love. Personally, Spatial Audio never really did that much for me on earbuds, but there are some people who rave about it on AirPods Max.

Apple’s AirPods 3 retail for $70 or $80 less than the Pro model, depending on which charging case you choose. The ones that come with a regular charging case are $169, and the model with a MagSafe case is $179. But right now, AirPods 3 with the Lightning Charging Case are the way to go because there’s a big discount that cuts the price to $139.99. That matches the lowest price I’ve ever seen for this popular AirPods model.

Or, if you want to spend even less and don’t mind refurbs, renewed AirPods 3 with MagSafe are as low as $99, depending on what condition you want them in (excellent, good, or just acceptable). This model retails for $179, as I mentioned earlier, so that’s a potentially huge discount.

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If you want a big upgrade and you don’t mind spending an extra $50, AirPods Pro 2 are also back on sale this week. These are the AirPods that I personally use, and I can’t recommend them enough.

They retail for $249, but Amazon is offering AirPods Pro 2 for $179.99. That’s a huge discount, and it matches the all-time low price for the new model with a USB-C charging case.

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There are plenty of other discounts available right now on Apple devices, which isn’t much of a surprise since new seasonal sales just kicked off.

Check out all the current offers in our comprehensive guide on the best Apple deals.

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Maren Estrada Deals Editor

Maren Estrada has been the Editor of BGR Deals since it launched in 2013. She has more than 20 years of experience testing more than 1,500 products, and reviewing a wide range of consumer electronics including mobile devices, smart home products, computers, and home appliances.

Previously, she was a leading consultant specializing in copywriting, product development, and new product launches.