Sony’s WH-1000XM4 noise-canceling headphones are $298 at Amazon, Best Buy, and B&H Photo

The second and final day of Prime Day 2020 is here, but there are still a ton of deals to take advantage of for the next several hours, including this fantastic deal on Sony’s new WH-1000XM4 wireless over-ear headphones. Normally, these headphones cost $350, but if you are an Amazon Prime member, you can buy a pair for just $298. Even better? Amazon will also give you a $25 gift card to its website when you purchase these headphones. Best Buy and B&H Photo are also price matching Amazon, but unfortunately, neither retailer is including the gift card sweetener like Amazon. The price is available for both color options (black and silver).

Sony originally released these headphones in August. When stacked up against its predecessor, the WH-1000XM3, the newer model shares a similar design but allows users the ability to pair two devices via Bluetooth simultaneously. My colleague, Chris Welch, noted in his review that the WH-1000XM4s have improved mic performance, which should make the audio output on calls clearer.

If you are looking for more headphone options, we picked out the best headphone deals you can grab during Prime Day 2020, plus a few from Amazon’s competitors, too.

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iPhones won’t come with headphones or power adapters in the box from now on

That drawer full of bad headphones and extra power adapters for your phone won’t get any more cluttered if you decide to pick up a new iPhone 12. Apple will no longer include those items in the box, part of a redoubled effort to reduce its environmental footprint.

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In a segment of its iPhone-centric event today, Apple’s Lisa Jackson explained that the company is hoping to have “net zero climate impact” globally by 2030, meaning everything from manufacturing and assembly to packaging and device recycling will be carbon neutral. Achieving that means relying more on solar power and efficient operations, of course, but also reducing waste.

To that end the company will no longer include the familiar white headphones that have come in the box since the early days of the iPhone, nor the standard outlet adapter for the power cable.

“Customers already have over 700 million Lightning headphones, and many customers have moved to a wireless experience,” said Jackson. “There are also over 2 billion Apple power adapter out in the world, and that’s not counting the billions of third party adapters.”

Thankfully there will be a power cable in the box: a standard USB-C to Lightning cable that you can plug into your old wall adapter or a laptop.

The result is not just fewer things in the box, but a smaller actual box, letting the company fit more of them into a pallet. That may sound like a bit of a stretch for effect — “really, you’re saving the world by making the box smaller?” — but at the scales Apple operates at, fitting half again as many devices into a shipment means saving thousands of trips. It’s the equivalent, Apple notes, of taking some 450,000 cars off the road per year.

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Best Early Beats, Sony, AirPods Pro & Bose Headphones Deals Rated by Spending Lab

Check out all the best early Bluetooth headphones & AirPods deals for Prime Day 2020, including the best savings on Bose, Beats & Sony noise canceling headphones & earbuds

Prime Day researchers have revealed all the best early headphones deals for Prime Day, including offers on the latest Bose, Sony, Apple AirPods & Beats by Dre headphones. Links to the latest deals are listed below.

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Best headphones deals:

  • Save up to 59% on a wide range of Bluetooth wireless & noise-canceling headphones at the Amazon Prime Day sale – check the latest deals on Apple AirPods, Bose, Beats, Sony & more best-selling headphones

  • Save $100 on the Beats Solo Pro Wireless On-Ear Headphones at Amazon – with noise cancellation, transparency, and up to 22 hours listening time

  • Save up to $50 on Bose wireless in-ear & on-ear noise-canceling headphones & earbuds – check the latest deals on the Bose Headphones 700, Bose QC35, QuietComfort & SoundSport Free Earbuds

  • Save $20 on the Bose 700 Noise Cancelling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones at Amazon – with Alexa Voice Control

  • Save $50 on the Bose QuietComfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones at Amazon – with 3 levels of noise cancellation and Alexa-enabled for voice access to music and more

  • Save up to 33% on Beats by Dre headphones at the Amazon Prime Day sale – click the link for the latest deals on Beats Solo Pro, Studio Wireless & Powerbeats Pro headphones

  • Save 30% on the Beats Ep Wired On-Ear Headphones at Amazon – battery-free for unlimited listening and comes with built-in mic and controls

  • Save up to $85 on Sony wireless over-ear, in-ear & noise-canceling headphones – check the latest deals on the brand new Sony WH-1000XM4 noise canceling headphones, Sony WH-1000XM3 and more top-rated Sony headphones

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Apple stops selling headphones from competitors like Sonos and Bose

  • Apple has stopped selling headphones and speakers from third parties including Sonos and Bose.
  • Apple now only sells audio accessories which are either own-brand or Beats, which is owned by Apple.
  • Bloomberg reported Apple is clearing the decks ahead of announcing new audio products.
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Apple has pulled all headphones and speakers from companies including Bose, Sonos, and Logitech from both its online and physical stores.

Bloomberg first reported the news.

Headphones and speakers from rival brands disappeared from Apple’s online store at the end of last month, and in Apple’s physical retail locations employees have been instructed to remove products for sale over the past few days, according to Bloomberg. 

Bose confirmed to Bloomberg that Apple will no longer sell its accessories, and wireless speaker company Ultimate Ears said it had been informed by Apple that: “They will no longer carry third-party speakers at retail from September onwards.” 

Sonos shares fell 5% after the news broke after trading hours on Monday, but then recovered slightly to a 3% drop overall.

Apple now only sells own-brand headphones and speakers along with products from its subsidiary Beats.

Bloomberg reports one exception on its store, a conference room speaker from Pioneer that plugs into an iPhone.

Apple told Bloomberg it regularly makes changes to the products it carries in response to new third-party accessory releases and customer demand.

Bloomberg reports booting rival products signals Apple preparing to launch new audio offerings including some long-rumored over-ear headphones.

This is a tactic it has deployed before when expanding into a market, in 2014 it pulled Fitbit wearable accessories from its online store ahead of launching the Apple Watch.

Apple was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Business Insider.

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Apple Could Launch Speakers and Headphones Soon

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In what seems like an obvious sign that Apple has a few new audio products lined up to launch this fall, the company just cleared its digital and physical stores of nearly every speaker and headphone brand that could conceivably be considered a rival if Apple had some competing devices slated to go on sale soon.

The company has taken down product pages for headphones and speakers made by Bose, Sonos, and Ultimate Ears, and will reportedly be removing those products from its physical stores, too. The move, first spotted by Bloomberg, means that Apple is selling only headphones, earbuds, and speakers made by itself or its subsidiary, Beats, online or in stores.

Apple told Bloomberg that the company regularly reevaluates the third-party products it sells, which are chosen to help customers get more out of their Apple devices.

But the timing is notable because Apple is rumored to have more product launches planned this fall. A a smaller HomePod speaker and a pair of Apple-branded headphones are reportedly on deck.

And, as Bloomberg noted, Apple has in the past removed products from its store that directly compete with its own, as it did with Fitbit after launching the Apple Watch. But the company has also eliminated products untethered to a launch, so the move may be entirely unrelated to Apple devices on the horizon.

Apple is reportedly planning an iPhone event this month and another product showcase in November, so we have two possible opportunities to see an AirPods Studio or whatever the next HomePod could be (in case you really want an expensive Siri speaker for whatever reason).

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