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Cyber Monday AirPods deals: what to expect in 2021

Cyber Monday AirPods deals
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Cyber Monday AirPods deals might look a little different this year, now that Apple has officially announced the third generation earbuds. The new AirPods 3 will launch at $179 and will be available from October 25, just under a month ahead of the holiday sales. We're gathering all our predictions for exactly what this means for Cyber Monday AirPods deals right here, as well finding out whether you should wait for the biggest discounts of the year before taking the plunge on a new set of buds. 

If you miss out on the major sales of the weekend before, Cyber Monday AirPods deals can still offer up some excellent price drops on Apple's luxury headphones. It's worth noting, however, that blockbuster discounts on the new AirPods 3s may well be reserved for Black Friday AirPods deals, and stock could start running low pretty quickly. 

Plus, we generally see Apple devices leaving the shelves pretty quickly after a new model has replaced them. That means the $119 sales prices we're seeing on the 2nd generation at Amazon may be the lowest price you'll find for AirPods this year. Once these older buds are gone, the average price is going to rise once again with the new release. 

We’re also still looking forward to some record low prices on the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max. The more premium options aren’t set for a refresh this year, and so we should see prices falling even further in 2021’s holiday sales. 

Where to find the best Cyber Monday AirPods deals

We'll be tracking all the best Cyber Monday AirPods deals right here when the time comes, but if you're going it alone we'd recommend checking out these retailers in November. 

often has the best prices during sales events
B&H Photo:
best for stock of older releases
limited time discounts can offer brand new record lows
often the first to offer record low prices but fewer sales
price matches with Amazon

regularly offers the lowest prices around
fewer sales but same day delivery available
best for free subscriptions in bundles
Laptops Direct:
often beats record low prices but with £5 shipping
price matches Amazon

When will Cyber Monday AirPods deals begin?

Cyber Monday officially kicks off on Monday November 29 this year, but we do generally see retailers bringing their discounts over from the Friday. If we are to see any discounts on the new AirPods 3, they will likely be limited to Friday’s offers. However, savings on the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max should stick around to Cyber Monday.  

That said, the AirPods 3 are now up for pre-order (scheduled for launch on October 25). That means the previous generation model is going to be seeing some excellent discounts well ahead of Cyber Monday AirPods deals, and will likely run out of stock before November hits. If you're after the absolute lowest price possible for a set of Apple true wireless earbuds, we'd recommend jumping in now. 

Cyber Monday AirPods deals: what we expect to see

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The second generation AirPods are under threat right now. With the AirPods 3s joining the ranks in late October, it's likely that plummeting prices will see the previous model run off the shelves before Cyber Monday AirPods deals can even ramp up. It's all or nothing here, then. 

If the second generation does stick around a little longer than we're expecting it to, we could see some stunning offers dropping prices well below $99.99 record lows. However, we're more likely to see these buds fully replaced by the third generation come November, so we'd recommend checking out any discounts you find on them now. 

Cyber Monday AirPods 3 deals: what to expect

Cyber Monday AirPods deals

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Apple has now announced the AirPods 3, a new set of true wireless earbuds with a shorter design and plenty of tech upgrades under the hood. With the buds launched so close to Cyber Monday AirPods deals, it's easy to wonder whether there will be any savings at all. However, looking at previous Apple releases in the holiday season, there's likely something to look forward to. 

Last year, Apple released both the M1 MacBook and iPad Air 4 before the November sales took place, and both of these devices still took some early price cuts across the weekend. That means we are expecting to see a $10 discount on the new AirPods, but there's a caveat. 

You'll likely need to be in the mix well ahead of Cyber Monday AirPods deals to secure a pair of buds this year. We will likely see these early $10 discounts during particularly competitive flash sales on the Friday itself, and stock may well run out before Cyber Monday has a chance to offer its own discounts. 

Cyber Monday AirPods Pro deals: what to expect

Apple AirPods Pro

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It’s a little easier to predict AirPods Pro offers. We’re not expecting a refresh of this model in 2021, which means the ANC earbuds will likely be the star of the show this year (especially if the second generation is wiped out by November). The lowest price we’ve ever seen here is $169.99 / £175 - and we’ve been seeing such discounts fairly regularly over the last few weeks. That means there are already some excellent offers out there, but Cyber Monday AirPods deals could bring those prices down to $159 / £159 if we’re really lucky. 

Cyber Monday AirPods Max deals: what to expect

AirPods Max

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The AirPods Max represent Apple’s most premium headphones. Originally launching in December at $549, we’ve seen the luxury cups readily available at $499 throughout the year and, more recently, hitting $430 price lows. Usually you'll find these cups on sale for $489, which means we'll be looking for a price between $400 and $450 in November. 

Apple may want to keep this price for Black Friday, though. That means stock allocated for Cyber Monday AirPods deals might have run out by the time the weekend (or the Friday itself) is over. We would still expect to see a price lower than the usual $489 - $499 in this instance, but perhaps not at the rock bottom position that we might see on the Friday.

Will the AirPods 3 be on sale for Cyber Monday?

The new AirPods 3 likely won't be around for Cyber Monday AirPods deals this year. We're expecting to see these buds take their first discounts over the Friday before, and if competition is as fierce as expected, stock may not recover in time for more offers after the weekend. However, nothing is guaranteed and if we do see availability after the big day itself, it's worth scouting for discounts. Apple devices are taking earlier and earlier price cuts these days, which means new releases aren't as untouchable as they once were. 

How to find the best Cyber Monday AirPods deals

1. Don't wait for Monday

It's important to note that Cyber Monday AirPods deals might not officially kick off on Monday November 29 as expected. We usually see discounts continuing straight through from the Friday, which means you'll have the whole weekend to find more discounts. Our first tip for finding the best Cyber Monday AirPods deals, then, is don't wait for Monday if you miss out on the main Black Friday sale.

2. If you're after AirPods Max, keep an eye out for future discounts

We do see a handful of extra price drops on certain items during Cyber Monday. However, AirPods are some of the biggest offers during this sales period. The only area where we may see additional discounts is on the AirPods Max. With multiple different colorways, we could see some versions cheaper than others, with extra price drops coming late in the sale. If you're after AirPods Max, it's worth jumping on any record low prices you see, but keeping your items boxed up until the full period is over. 

3. Price check

Once you've found the perfect Cyber Monday AirPods deal for you, it's worth making sure that you really getting the best price possible. Check your discount against other retailers to make sure nobody is offering a lower price, but also take a look at the additional extras that some stores may be offering. When a retailer can't beat its competition on price it will often throw in additional subscriptions or accessories for free, which can make it a much better deal overall. 

Today's best deals

If you can't wait until November, and if the AirPods 3 release then we wouldn't recommend doing so, you'll find all the latest AirPods deals just below.

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