If you're an Apple user, it's likely that you're pretty cozy in the nice little ecosystem they've created. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or all of the above, you've likely looked into what Apple offers in terms of headphones. While they've released a few headphones, mainly under the Beats brand, they don't have a very wide selection to choose from, so not all recommendations on this list will utilize Apple's W1/H1 chip. While these chips allow headphones to pair to your many Apple devices much easier, it's unnecessary, and any Bluetooth headphones will work. While you don't need to go wireless for an iPhone, it's much easier as newer iPhones no longer have a headphone jack and require using dongles.
We've tested over 140 wireless in-ears and earbuds, below are our top recommendations for the best headphones for iPhone users to purchase. Make sure to check out our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best truly wireless earbuds.
The best wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested are the Apple AirPods Pro. These sleek and well-built headphones are the next generation of the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. Their improved design makes them more versatile overall, and thanks to their H1 chip, they can also pair seamlessly with your Apple ecosystem.
Although they lack a bit of thump and rumble, they still have a very well-balanced and neutral sound profile, making them best suited for a variety of different audio genres. They also have an excellently performing active noise cancelling feature, which is great for those who commute or work in an office. Their small carrying case also makes it easy to take these earbuds with you wherever you go. You can even charge the carrying case with a wireless Qi charging pad, which is a nice touch.
Unfortunately, their five-hour battery life probably won't be enough to get you through your workday. Luckily, they take just over an hour to charge, and there are five extra charges handy in their carrying case, so the battery doesn't feel too limiting. These earbuds don't have a lot of customization features, other than button mapping in their companion app. Still, out-of-the-box, they deliver a solid overall performance with an iPhone.
If you're not a fan of the deep fit of in-ear headphones, you may want to consider the Apple AirPods 2. These truly wireless earbuds have a harder-to-use control scheme than the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, a less neutral sound profile, and deliver audio less consistently, but their shallow fit is quite comfortable, provided their one-size-fits-all design works for you. Their open-back enclosure means they do a terrible job of filtering out background noise, but they also provide a far more spacious and open listening experience while also allowing you to stay aware of your environment. Unfortunately, their continuous battery life of 4.1 hours is quite short, though they do recharge very quickly in their case.
Get the AirPods Pro if you want some quiet in the office or on your commute, but consider the AirPods 2 if you want something less pricey and more comfortable.
The best wireless sports earbuds for iPhone that we've tested are the Beats Powerbeats Pro. These in-ears feature a sturdy, lightweight plastic construction and a very stable fit, courtesy of their ear-hook design, which should keep them in place even during intense workout sessions. Their control scheme is also easy to use, so you shouldn't lose your rhythm if you want to adjust while you're out on a run.
They have a well-balanced sound profile that should suit whatever kind of content you listen to as you work out, whether that's EDM music or an audiobook. They also feature Apple's H1 chip, which allows them to pair quickly and seamlessly with iOS devices. While they don't block out that much ambient noise, that may be helpful if you're running outdoors and want to stay aware of your surroundings. Their continuous battery life of more than 11 hours is great and should last you marathon distances without issue.
Unfortunately, their iOS interface doesn't offer nearly as many customization options as a dedicated companion app, with no audio presets or an EQ to fine-tune your listening experience. Their IPX4 rating is also on the low end for sports headphones and is somewhat disappointing at this price point, though it should be mentioned that we don't test that feature. Still, thanks to their stable, comfortable fit and versatile sound profile, they're among the best wireless earbuds for running and working out that we've tested.
If you like customization options to tweak your wireless earbuds to your liking, check out the Jaybird Tarah Pro. While their sound profile isn't as well-balanced out-of-the-box as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, their companion app offers a parametric EQ, so you're able to tweak its sound to better suit your tastes. The Jaybird MySound app also allows you to access and share your sound profiles with other users. They have a very stable fit with rotatable earbuds and feel well-built and sturdy. They're even rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. That said, they aren't truly wireless, as they have a cable that connects both earbuds. Their in-ear fit may not be comfortable for everyone either.
If you're looking for truly wireless earbuds that are more comfortable for long runs or gym sessions, try the Beats. However, if you favor the ability to really tweak and customize how your headphones sound, consider the Jaybird.
The Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 are the best budget wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested. These in-ears offer an excellent price-to-performance ratio and are even among the best headphones we've tested. They offer over 18 hours of continuous battery life, which makes them suitable for commuting or long days at the office.
They have a comfortable fit and come with five sets of ear tips as well as three sets of stability fins that are differently sized so you can find the best possible fit. Thanks to their ear-hook design, they have a very stable fit suitable for sports, and they're rated IPX7 for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this. They also have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers thump and punch, which should please fans of EDM and hip-hop. Although they lack an ANC feature, they can isolate a great amount of mid-range noise like ambient chatter.
Unfortunately, they're pretty barebones in terms of extra features. They lack a companion app, so you won't be able to tweak their sound to your liking. The cable connecting the ear-hooks also feels thin and could be prone to damage. That said, if you're looking for a wallet-friendly pair of earbuds for your iPhone, they're a suitable choice that won't break the bank.
12/04/2020: Added the JLab Audio JBuds Air ANC Truly Wireless to 'Notable Mentions'. Minor changes to the text for accuracy and clarity.
10/06/2020: Minor changes to the text for accuracy and clarity; no change in product recommendations.
06/10/2020: Replaced Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless with Beats Powerbeats 4 Wireless in Notable Mentions.
11/08/2019: Changed top pick to Apple AirPods Pro and removed Jabra Elite Active 65t.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best wireless headphones for iPhone for most people to buy. We factor in the price (cheaper headphones win over pricier ones if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no headphones that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for wireless earbuds and in-ear headphones. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. There are no perfect headphones. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.