Along with new MacBook Pro models with mega-fast processors and inexplicable notches, Apple announced the long-awaited AirPods 3 at its event on October 18, 2021. They are a clear upgrade over the previous models from 2019, offering superior (alleged) battery performance, an updated design and support for Spatial Audio and Adaptive EQ. But will you be able to get your hands on a pair?
New Apple products – and especially those that are as high-profile as third-generation AirPods – tend to be picked up almost as soon as they appear and cost a lot if you buy directly from Apple. Fortunately, we are here to guide you through the buying process and reveal where AirPods are in stock and where they are cheapest.
For broader advice on Apple headphones, check out our summary of the best AirPods deals.
When were the new AirPods released?
AirPods 3 went for sale directly from Apple and other retailers on October 26, 2021.
See everything that Apple announced at the launch on October 18.
How much do the new AirPods cost?
Third generation AirPods have an RRP of £ 169 / $ 179 / AU $ 279.
Apple has not discontinued any of its existing AirPod models with the launch of the new pair, so they are sitting with the second generation AirPods from 2019 and AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro at the Apple Store. Here is the full price:
See our comparison between AirPods 3 and AirPods 2.
How to get a good AirPods 3 offer
The RRP listed above is how much AirPods 3 will cost if you buy directly from Apple. A few months after launch, most other retailers are still selling at or near that price: the standard discount for UK buyers at the time of writing is, for example, a relatively small £ 10 discount, a saving offered by John Lewis, Amazon, AO and Argosamong others.
Also KRCSwhich routinely beats a small amount of RRP on even brand new Apple products, currently has no discount on third-generation AirPods.
If you’re looking for a significant saving on Apple’s RRP, it’s a matter of waiting for the initial demand (and the stock shortage we’ve seen, especially during the crucial pre-Christmas period) to disappear. We should start to see some real bargains as we enter the spring and summer of 2022 – especially if Apple launches new AirPods Pro at its spring event.
Where to buy the new AirPods (2021)
The retailers below are offering all AirPods 3 right now. We see movements in price and stock levels, so check often if your favorite retailer has run out or does not offer a discount.
Live AirPods 3 price trackers
You can keep an eye on the best prices from a wide range of retailers in our automated table, embedded below.