Switch between AirPods audio modes in Control Center [Pro tip]

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Switch AirPods audio modes in Control Center
The quick and simply way to toggle noise cancellation and Transparency.
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Control Center Pro Tips WeekWe want to help you master Control Center, one of the most powerful and underutilized features on Apple devices. Cult of Mac’s Control Center Pro Tips series will show you how to make the most of this useful toolbox on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

Switching between different AirPods audio modes is simple with Control Center on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can activate or deactivate Transparency and active noise cancellation in just a couple of taps.

We’ll show you how.

Activate Live Listen for AirPods inside Control Center [Pro tip]

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Activate Live Listen Control Center
Make it easier to hear other people in a crowded room.
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Control Center Pro Tips WeekWe want to help you master Control Center, one of the most powerful and underutilized features on Apple devices. Cult of Mac’s Control Center Pro Tips series will show you how to make the most of this useful toolbox on iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac.

Activate Live Listen for AirPods and Powerbeats headphones inside Control Center to make it easier to hear other people in a noisy environment. The feature is built into iPhone and iPad and easy to use.

We’ll show you how.

How to get the latest AirPods Pro firmware update

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How to get the latest AirPods Pro firmware update
There’s a firmware update out for AirPods Pro and AirPods 2. Here’s how to get it.
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Anyone with AirPods Pro will want the just-released firmware update for these in-ear headphones. The same update is also available for the AirPods 2. Exactly what it offers isn’t clear, but there’s hope it makes changes to automatic audio switching.

The AirPods update process is indirect, but we can steer you through it.

New Powerbeats headphones hit brand-new low — now under $80

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Bag yours before they all sell out!
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Apple’s newest Powerbeats headphones can now be yours at their lowest price to date. Order them in black on Amazon today for just $79.99 — a generous $69.96 off the usual price.

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Keep your AirPods and other gear charged with this multipurpose power bank

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This handy power bank provides up to 75 hours of extra juice for your iPhone and AirPods.
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AirPods are convenient for a number of reasons: They’re small, sleek and easy to move around with, making them perfect for everything from morning runs to important conference calls. But there is one problem with these nifty wireless earbuds. Because there’s no wired connection, they’ll need to be sufficiently charged at all times.

That’s what makes this 10,000mAh ChargeWorx power bank even more convenient than wireless earbuds. It can charge your smartphone and AirPods at the same time. Available in sizes for regular AirPods and AirPods Pro, this multitasking power bank can power you through outdoor adventures all summer long for the incredibly low price of $41.99.

Tiny AirPods washing machine looks cute as can be

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Cardlax EarBuds Washer is not an April Fool’s Day joke.
The Cardlax EarBuds Washer is an honest-to-god real product. You might even want one.
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Cleaning AirPods is kind of a disgusting job, but Cardlax has a solution. It’s an itty-bitty washing machine to clean the crud off your earbuds in a couple of minutes.

Before you ask, April Fools’ Day was last week. This is a real thing.

AirFly Pro is a little dongle that makes AirPods even more magical

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Every AirPods owner needs an AirFly Pro.
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AirPods might be one of the best accessories Apple has ever made. But there’s a quick and easy way to make them even better: Pair yours with the AirFly Pro from Twelve South.

This second-generation dongle lets you connect your AirPods or AirPods Pro to almost anything. It has better battery life than its predecessor, and supports two pairs of headphones simultaneously.

You can order yours today.

Bag AirPods Pro for just $159.99 today only

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Or save $39 on renewed models.
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UPDATE: You’ve missed Best Buy’s deal on AirPods Pro now, but Woot is today offering the same deal on “grade A” AirPods Pro refurbs for one day only. Don’t miss it!

UPDATE 2: Woot has sold out of AirPods Pro refurbs now, too. But it is still offering regular AirPods (second-generation) at an all-time low of $99.99.

Best Buy’s 24-hour Flash Sale offers certified-refurbished AirPods Pro units for just $159.99 today only. That’s a whopping $90 discount and the lowest price we’ve seen on AirPods Pro so far.

Bag yours now before they all sell out!

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11 deals on AirPods Pro alternatives to fill the void left by phantom Apple event

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Take your pick of some of the best AirPods Pro alternatives out there.
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Like most Apple fans, you’re probably disappointed that the rumored March 23 date for Apple’s upcoming event might have been a ploy to uncover leakers within the company. If you were eagerly awaiting big news about new products and redesigns, it looks like you’ll be waiting until April.

But perhaps a hot deal on top-rated Bluetooth headphones will satisfy your feelings of rejection. For your convenience, we rounded up the 11 best AirPods Pro alternatives that won’t break the bank.