Apple’s popular AirPods 3 are back on sale with a big discount for the first time in several months. Normally priced at $169 with Apple’s Lightning Charging Case, AirPods 3 offer big upgrades compared to the 2nd-generation model that’s still in Apple’s lineup.
3rd-generation AirPods have been difficult to find in stock at some retailers lately. That includes Amazon, where they sold out a few times over the past couple of months. The good news is that they’ve been back in stock at Amazon for a few days now. And the better news is that AirPods 3 are currently on sale for just $139.99, which matches the all-time low price from before the holidays last year.
BGR’s comprehensive guide on the best AirPods deals keeps tabs on all of the deepest discounts on Apple headphones. That includes all of Apple’s wireless earphones as well as AirPods Max, the first and only over-ear headphones to fall under the AirPods brand.
But there’s one model that has been suspiciously absent from my roundup so far in 2024.
I am of course referring to AirPods 3, which haven’t gone on sale very often this year. In fact, they’ve been completely out of stock at many retailers, including Amazon.
Not only are AirPods 3 back in stock today, but they’re also on sale with a 17% discount for the first time since ahead of the holidays last year. That drops Apple’s third-generation AirPods to $139.99, which is the lowest price ever for this model.
As BGR reviewer Christian de Looper noted in his extensive AirPods 3 review, Apple’s newest base model offers numerous big upgrades compared to AirPods 2. The second-generation model is also still in Apple’s AirPods lineup, mind you, and it’s on sale right now for $99.
AirPods 3 have a completely new design compared to AirPods 2. They have shorter stems and larger earbuds. Plus, AirPods 3 have silicone tips like Apple’s AirPods Pro. Third-generation AirPods don’t offer active noise cancelling, but they do isolate sound thanks to the rubber tips.
Other features include sweat and water resistance, force sensors on the stems for playback and call controls, and up to 30 hours of total listening time thanks to the charging case.
The only thing to note is that there are two versions of Apple’s AirPods 3. One comes with a wireless charging case, but the model currently on sale has a Lightning charging case. If you’d prefer the model with a MagSafe Charging Case, you can pick up a pair of renewed AirPods 3 for as little as $114 depending on what kind of condition you want them in (excellent, good, or acceptable).
This model retails for $179, so that’s a great price.
In addition to AirPods 3, I’ll note that AirPods Pro 2 with USB-C are also currently on sale with a great discount. At $189.99, they’re within $1 of the all-time lowest price. Judging by the sales I’ve seen in the past, anything under $199.99 for Apple’s latest noise-cancelling earphones is an excellent deal.