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How to pre-order the new Apple AirPods Pro 2

They’ve done it again, folks. After a few years of wireless earbud silence, Apple is back with the unveiling of the new Apple AirPods Pro (2nd-generation). And powered by Apple’s state-of-the-art H2 chip, the new AirPods Pro are far more than a simple cosmetic upgrade from their predecessor — rather, they’re a full-scale evolution.

We’re talking redesigned drivers and amplifiers and H2-based processing for crisper, cleaner audio, twice the active noise-canceling abilities of the original AirPods Pro, and the handy (and much-needed) addition of a volume control command for the actual buds. That’s right, Apple devotees: no more calling up Siri to adjust the volume of your music. There’s plenty more to love, too, but the new AirPods Pro, priced at $250, won’t be hitting shelves until September 23.

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That being said, if you want to jump on the wagon a little earlier (as this writer did — promptly returning just-purchased first-gen AirPods Pros), the new AirPods Pros will be available for pre-order starting September 9 (5:00 a.m. PT/8:00 a.m. ET). Ready for some cutting-edge Apple audio? Here’s how to order.

Head on over to Apple’s site

The AirPods Pro 2.

At this time, the only way to officially pre-order the AirPods Pro is through Apple directly, either through Apple’s site or the Apple Store app.

With ordering pages going live on September 9 at the designated PT/ET times, at the time of purchase, buyers will also be allowed to add custom engravings to their charging cases, as well as two years of additional Apple Care protection.

In the meantime, here are some other great Apple AirPods deals you can take advantage of.

New AirPods means big savings on old AirPods

AirPods 3, AirPods, and AirPods Pro sitting in their charging cases.

With the upcoming release of the new AirPods Pro, Apple has marked down the prices of some its older AirPods models.

Right now, you can purchase the original AirPods Pro for only $205 (originally $250) from Apple and other retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart. Additionally, the AirPods 3 have been marked down to only $170, or $180 to get the MagSafe Charging Case.

And for those that want the biggest savings, the AirPods 2 are on sale at Amazon for only $100, with similar pricing found at competitive sites and stores.

If you’re ordering your AirPods through Apple, custom engravings are free to add for the AirPods Pro (2nd-generation), AirPods 3, and AirPods 2.

Will the second-gen Apple AirPods Pro be any good?

That’s a fair question, and while we’ve yet to get our hands on the new Apple product to give you our Digital Trends advice and expertise, we’ll be sure to report back with a full hands-on review once we do. In the meantime, though, you can check out our first-hand accounts of the original Apple AirPods Pro, the AirPods 3, and the AirPods 2.

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Apple AirPods Pro 2 seen with ear tip removed.

Apple sells three versions of its super-popular wireless earbuds: The original AirPods, now in their second generation (thus AirPods 2), the third-gen version of the AirPods (which we’ve opted to call the AirPods 3), and the second-gen AirPods Pro (or AirPods Pro 2 for greater clarity). While there are a lot of differences between these models, people invariably notice the physical differences most of all, specifically the presence of silicone eartips on the AirPods Pro 2, and their absence on the AirPods 2 and 3. And that eventually leads to the question, can you use the AirPods Pro without those eartips, and if you did, what would happen?

Before I answer that, let’s quickly review why the AirPods Pro have eartips in the first place. The main purpose of eartips on any set of wireless earbuds is to create a seal around the entrance to your ear canal. This has several benefits:

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Apple’s latest AirPods Pro are here, and you can buy them for $249. But should you? That's a lot of money to drop on a pair of earbuds, and there are more AirPods options for you to choose from these days.

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Amazon's aptly-named Prime Early Access Sale is happening now, but it's the last day. It ends tonight! Like the original two-day Prime event in July, we've seen tons of savings on tech, toys, goodies, and more. Of course, you'll have to be an active Amazon Prime member to participate, but the good news is that you can sign-up for a 30-day trial, if you haven't already done so recently. If you're on the hunt for the best Prime Day AirPod Deals, or Apple Prime Day deals, you're in luck, since we're starting to see a lot of offers already. Don't forget, Amazon isn't the only place to shop during these deal extravaganzas! Walmart's October Rollbacks sale is essentially a Walmart Prime Day sale, with lots of enticing discounts.

As for Prime Early Access, it means that you have another chance to pick up both Prime Day AirPod deals and Prime Day deals in general, which is good, considering the latest versions of AirPods tend to be expensive. For example, a new pair of AirPods Max can easily set you back nearly $500 at retail price, so grabbing them on sale is likely what most folks are planning to do. Either way, you'll get a chance at some early holiday shopping Apple AirPods deals, and we've gone ahead and put together a list of the best Prime Day Apple AirPods deals to shop today. Check those out below.
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