Frankly, Apple’s AirPods Pro are a hit, so much so the popular true wireless earbuds are sold out everywhere. But all hope is not lost if you’re in the market for some Pods this side of Christmas — both the AirPods with Charging Case and AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case are still in stock at a handful of leading retailers, with some even selling them off on the cheap.
Best Buy has the AirPods with Charging Case for just $145 — down $15 on the usual $160. Then we have Amazon, which has the AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case for only $169 — $30 off the standard $200. Heart firmly set on the latest AirPods Pro? Amazon has them for $235, a discount of $14. Just keep in mind these won’t ship until January at the earliest.
So, which should you go with? For the average customer, the AirPods 2 with Wireless Charging Case. Why? Because with the $31 off, they come in at just $9 more than the AirPods with Charging Case cost when they aren’t on sale, despite adding several much-loved features to the mix, including the option to launch Siri with a voice command and double the talk time (four hours).
However, if you’re shopping on a budget, can live without wireless charging, don’t mind having to tap a Pod to wake Siri, and aren’t fussed about the two-hour talk time, then look no further than the AirPods; while those after the best Apple has to offer will have to wait for the AirPods Pro, which introduce a smaller, more comfortable design, sweat-resistance, and noise-canceling.
Of course, even though the AirPods Pro are sold out at most retailers, there are a couple of things you can do to increase your chances of putting a pair under the tree this Christmas, such as checking in with a local independent retailer and consulting a cellular carrier, the latter of which most shoppers tend to overlook. Need some help? Take a look at our expert buying advice.
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