Essentials Fall 100: Apple AirPods Pro 2 are the must-have headphones for fall


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Apple AirPods Pro 2 are the must-have headphones for fall. The new generation of Apple AirPods introduced last week includes upgrades that personalize your sound and let you listen for longer. Read on to find out why Apple AirPods Pro 2 are essential for fall — and how you can pre-order a pair right now.

Top products in this article:

Apple AirPods Pro 2, $249

Apple AirPods Pro, $180 (reduced from $249)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB), $1,049 (reduced from $1,099)

Apple iPad Mini 6 with Cellular (64GB) (Space Gray), $550 (reduced from $799)

What’s new in AirPods Pro 2?


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Apple AirPods Pro 2 headphones offer 30 hours of listening time with the included charging case. They have an upgraded wireless chip for improved audio functionality, a new low-distortion driver for cleaner sound, and improved active noise cancellation. Apple AirPods Pro 2 delivers truly personalized sound: You can use your iPhone’s camera to analyze your unique ear anatomy and find the perfect audio settings for you.

The design of Apple AirPods Pro 2 is quite similar to the previous generation, but Apple has introduced touch control on AirPods 2 to help users control their AirPods more seamlessly. Users will also receive a new extra small tip with their AirPods. The case has received a notable design upgrade with a new strap loop and a built-in speaker to help you find your lost AirPods case.

The new Apple AirPods Pro 2 retail for $249. You can pre-order the Apple AirPods Pro 2 on Amazon now; the official release date is September 23rd.

(You can learn more about the new Apple AirPods Pro 2, the new Apple iPhone 14 and the new Apple Watch Series 8 by reading our coverage of the reveal.)

Apple AirPods Pro 2, $249

How to pre-order all new Apple devices

AirPods Pro 2 are currently available for pre-order on Amazon.

Amazon has a wide variety of Apple Watch 8 models available for pre-order now.

Apple Watch Series 8 (GPS, 41mm), $399

Apple Watch SE 2nd Gen (GPS + Cellular, 40mm), $299

Apple Watch Ultra (GPS + Cellular, 49mm), $799

The iPhone 14 is available for pre-order on Apple’s website. The smartphone is also available for pre-order through major carriers such as T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon. Order through your preferred wireless operator can help you get special discounts or exchange deals.

Get the iPhone 14 from AT&T

Get the iPhone 14 from Verizon

Get the iPhone 14 from T-Mobile

While we expect these new Apple headphones to be popular this fall, you don’t have to spend $250 to get Apple AirPods listening for yourself or others. That’s because the original Apple AirPods Pro headphones are already selling for $180, ahead of the Apple AirPods Pro 2 release date. The original model still offers plenty of features and the highest review rating on Amazon.

Save $70 on Apple AirPods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro

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Apple AirPods Pro are a CBS Essentials bestseller. Our readers love AirPods Pro for their active noise-canceling technology, well-fitting design, and great sound quality. They’re also waterproof and offer up to 24 hours of battery life with the included case.

Now on sale at Amazon and Walmart for $180, the older Apple AirPods Pro model offers a great deal.

Apple AirPods Pro, $180 (reduced from $249)

Save now on last year’s Apple iPhone, Apple Watch, Apple AirPods and more

Now that the latest models have been announced, you can score great deals on last year’s Apple iPhone models, Apple Watch, AirPods Pro and more.

Apple iPhone 13 (128GB): $679


Apple via Walmart

If you’re looking to buy a new 6.1-inch Apple iPhone 13 for the new school year, know this: You’ll save money if you buy an iPhone from Walmart instead of an Apple Store. Right now at Walmart you can pick up an Apple iPhone 13 (128GB model) for $18.87 per month for 36 months. That’s a final price of $679, well below the $799 you’d pay at the Apple Store.

Apple iPhone 13 (128GB), $679 (reduced from $799)

You can get better prices than Apple on other iPhone 13 models, too, including the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 mini ($16.09 per month for 36 months) and the 6.7-inch iPhone 13 Pro Max ($29 .14 ​​per month for 36 months).

Apple iPhone 13 mini (128GB), $579 (reduced from $699)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro (128GB), $949 (reduced from $999)

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB), $1,049 (reduced from $1,099)

Apple AirPods with MagSafe case (3rd generation)


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The latest generation of Apple AirPods is a nice upgrade over the second generation model. They support 3D spatial audio with dynamic head tracking. You also get more listening time – up to 30 hours with the included MagSafe charging case.

Apple AirPods (3rd Gen), $169 (reduced from $179)

Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm)

Apple Watch Series 7 45mm

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The larger, somewhat heavier 45mm Apple Watch Series 7 is on sale at Walmart and Amazon now.

Apple Watch Series 7 GPS (45mm), $359 and up (regularly $429)

Apple iPad Mini 6



The iPad Mini 6 is a compact tablet with an 8.3-inch Liquid Retina screen. Released in 2021, Apple’s tablet is powered by an A15 Bionic chip. It features a 12 MP wide-angle rear camera and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It features landscape stereo speakers. Available in four colors.

Note that the Apple iPad Mini is not compatible with Apple’s external Magic Keyboard. However, it can be used with other external Bluetooth keyboards.

Apple iPad Mini 6 with Cellular (64GB) (Space Gray), $550 (reduced from $799)

Apple iPad Air 5


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Launched in 2022, the 10.9-inch Apple iPad Air 5 is the latest in the lightweight iPad Air line. iPad Air 5 offers performance up to 60% faster than the previous model, thanks to Apple’s turbocharged M1 chip. The device boasts a 12MP wide-angle rear camera that supports 4K video. It also offers Touch ID and Apple’s Liquid Retina display.

Available in five colors; prices vary. The sale prices listed below are for iPad Air 5 in Space Gray with Wi-Fi only.

Apple iPad Air 5 (64GB) (Space Gray), $559 (reduced from $599)

Apple iPad Air 5 (256GB) (Space Gray), $679 (reduced from $749)

Apple iPad 9


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The 10.2-inch iPad 9, due in 2021, is the most affordable of Apple’s iPad offerings. It offers an 8 MP wide-angle rear camera and a 12 MP ultra-wide-angle front camera. It also boasts stereo speakers. This iPad is powered by an A13 Bionic chip. It boasts up to 10 hours of battery life and is compatible with Apple Pencil for drawing or taking notes.

Available in two colors; prices vary.

Apple iPad 9 (64GB) (Silver), $280 (reduced from $329)

The CBS Essentials Fall 100

Want the secret to the perfect fall? The shopping experts at CBS Essentials (that’s us!) put together the first-ever Essentials Fall 100, a list of the 100 must-haves for Fall 2022.

These must-haves include bestsellers, seasonal favorites, top-rated products and hotly anticipated new gadgets. including the new Apple iPhone 14. Before you buy anything this season, check out the CBS Essentials Fall 100 list for the best tech, kitchen gadgets, home appliances, smart cleaning tools, must-have clothing, cozy furniture, fall decor, Halloween costumes, turkeys for Thanksgiving and many more.

We will update this list throughout the season. Be sure to check back and see which top-rated products make our Essentials Fall 100.

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