Deals: AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Return to $149.98 on Amazon, While AirPods Pro Remain at Low Price of $220

Amazon has returned the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case to their low price of $149.98, down from $199.00. This is the Amazon all-time-low price that appeared earlier in the month, and it remains the best deal we’ve ever tracked for this model of the 2019 AirPods.

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These AirPods include Apple’s Wireless Charging Case, which allows you to refuel the headphones on any Qi-compatible wireless charging mat. If you place an order today, Amazon’s delivery estimate states that the AirPods should arrive between Monday, May 25 and Wednesday, May 27.

$49 OFF

AirPods w/ Wireless Charging Case for $149.98

If you’re shopping for the AirPods Pro, Verizon still has the best deal around: you can get the high-end wireless AirPods Pro for $219.99, down from $249.00 for a limited time. This $30 discount is applied automatically after you place the AirPods Pro in your shopping cart.

Verizon supports free two day shipping, and some retail stores are offering same-day pick-up for some locations across the United States. This is $5 under AT&T’s current price on the headphones, and one of the lowest prices we have ever seen for new AirPods Pro.

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Apple Planning for Employees to Return to Corporate Offices Soon

Apple plans to start having employees return to its corporate offices around the world in the near future despite the fact that many other tech companies are implementing work-from-home policies through at least the end of 2020, reports Bloomberg.


Apple plans to bring employees back to its offices in phases over the course of a few months, according to people with knowledge of the company’s plans. The first phase, which encompasses staff members unable to work remotely or who are facing challenges working from home, has already begun in some regions. This phase will expand to major offices in late May and early June.

A second phase, which kicks off in July, will see even more employees returned to Apple’s global offices, though Apple’s plans to have employees return to work are fluid and may change based on local and state stay-at-home orders.

Starting this week, Apple managers are beginning to let employees know if they’re in the first phase or a later stage of the process. During the first phase, employees will either be asked to work from the office on a regular basis or only for certain periods of time dependent on their roles.

Some of the first employees to return to work at Apple’s Silicon Valley campuses could include those who focus on hardware development. According to Bloomberg, some future hardware initiatives, such as virtual reality and augmented headsets, have been dialed back in recent months due to the limitations of at-home work.

Apple has long emphasized in-person collaboration and has shied away from allowing employees to work from home, which is a factor in its approach to returning to standard working conditions. Facebook and Google have said that most employees will be able to work from home through the end of the year.

Amazon plans to allow office workers to work from home until early October, while Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey today said that some Twitter employees can work from home permanently if they choose to do so.

Some Apple employees have been working at Apple’s offices throughout the pandemic to keep business critical operations running, which includes those who manage data centers, deploy software, and test hardware. As employees return to work, Apple will implement temperature checks, mask wearing, and social distancing.

In addition to planning for corporate employees to turn to work, Apple has begun opening up some of its Apple Stores. In the United States, retail locations in South Carolina, Alabama, Alaska, and Idaho are reopening this week, and all stores in Australia, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, and South Korea have been reopened.

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Apple Preparing Retail Employees to Return to Work With Tips From South Korea Reopening

Apple in mid-April reopened Apple Garosugil, its lone store in South Korea, located in the Seoul’s Gangnam District.


Apple’s South Korea reopening has served as a test ground for further store reopenings, and Apple created an instructional video on reopening practices that’s now being shared with other retail employees around the world as they prepare to reopen stores. We’re not able to share the video, but it provides a good overview of the measures Apple is putting in place to safely operate retail locations.

Retail employees are following a strict set of guidelines that very heavily emphasize social distancing of two meters (or six feet in the United States). Apple is taking the following measures:

  • Prior to when work starts, all employees undergo a health screening complete with a temperature check, with the results logged in a daily spreadsheet.
  • Daily briefings are done in the mornings in the Forum area at Apple Stores, with employees making sure to sit at least two meters apart.
  • Prior to being allowed in the store, customers are also given a temperature check.
  • All ‌Apple Stores‌ are providing hand sanitizer, which customers are encouraged to use.
  • Stores are limiting the number of people inside, forming lines with customers waiting at least two meters apart.
  • Products purchased by customers or returned after repair are delivered from the back in a relay system, being handed off from employee to employee to allow each person to stay in a separated zone without back and forth.
  • Product specialists and Genius Bar staff are positioning themselves across tables away from customers in order to maintain distance.
  • In the forum area, employees sit one cube away from customers they’re interacting with.
  • Employees are encouraged to communicate with one another through the Talk app to cut down on unnecessary movement within the store.
  • Half of the workstations in the back are empty, with employees working at alternating workstations to keep more distance between them.
  • Tables have been rearranged to put products on corners to prevent customers from being near one another.
  • Products on tables have been reduced.
  • Communal tables and couches have been removed from employee break rooms and have been replaced with individual chairs evenly spaced about the room.
  • Operating hours are reduced.
  • Employees are all wearing face masks.

After opening its South Korea store on April 16, Apple has reopened its sole store in Vienna, Austria, and 21 stores located in Australia. Stores in Germany will begin reopening on May 11, and all of the newly opened locations are following many of the same guidelines listed above to keep both customers and employees safe.

There’s no word yet on when Apple retail stores in the United States will start to reopen, but Apple CEO Tim Cook last week said that stores in North America will begin reopening starting in the month of May.

Apple plans to evaluate data and make reopening decisions on a city by city, county by county basis, following local guidelines and recommendations before opening up a store.

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Deals: AirPods With Wireless Charging Case Return to Low Price of $149.98 on Amazon ($49 Off)

Amazon has returned the AirPods with Wireless Charging Case to their lowest price of $149.98 today, down from Apple’s price of $199.00. This accessory is the model that launched in 2019 and includes a Wireless Charging Case that is compatible with Qi-enabled mats.

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Amazon introduced this price point last month, and the sale has come and gone over the past few weeks. If you’ve been on the hunt for the AirPods in 2020, this is definitely the best entry price for a new version of Apple’s AirPods with Wireless Charging Case.

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AirPods w/ Wireless Charging Case for $149.98

The same AirPods can be found for around $169-$179 at retailers like Adorama and Best Buy, so Amazon’s sale is the best you’ll find online this week. Sales have also hit the AirPods with Charging Case, priced at $135.99 at Verizon, down from $159.00.

At Verizon, the AirPods Pro also remain at their sale price of $224.99, down from $249.00. Although this discount is just about $24 off Apple’s price tag, it remains the lowest we’ve ever tracked for a new version of the AirPods Pro, and the best online among trusted Apple resellers.

We track sales for every model of the AirPods in our Best AirPods Deals guide, so be sure to bookmark that page while you shop around for the wireless headphones.

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Even Apple is discounting the Powerbeats Pro today, and across all retailers every color is on sale: Navy, Moss, Ivory, and Black. We’ve seen this sale recur over the past year since the Powerbeats Pro launched, and it’s a perfect opportunity to purchase the headphones if you’ve been waiting for a discount.

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Similar to the Powerbeats Pro, the Solo Pro is on sale across numerous retailers, priced at $249.99, down from $299.99. You can find this sale at Apple, Amazon, B&H Photo, Target, and more. You’ll find every color on sale here as well: Black, Gray, Ivory, Dark Blue, Light Blue, and Red.

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