If you're an Apple user, you're likely pretty cozy in the 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 a dongle.
We've tested over 200 wireless in-ears and earbuds, below are our top recommendations for the best headphones for iPhone users to purchase. See our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best truly wireless earbuds.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested. These earbuds have an H1 chip, allowing you to seamlessly pair them with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They also have a settings interface that's only available on iOS devices, and it offers button mapping and ANC control.
These premium headphones have a comfortable and lightweight fit stable enough for moderate physical activity. Although they lack low bass, they have a neutral and versatile sound profile well-suited for lots of audio content. They also have an excellent active noise cancelling (ANC) system and can block out the low rumble of bus or plane engines as well as office chatter. They also have over five hours of continuous playback time, and their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges.
Unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization features like an EQ or presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. Their integrated mic also has a disappointing recording quality, so your voice sounds thin and muffled. That said, these in-ears are sure to please most users looking for iOS-compatible headphones, and they're even among the best truly wireless earbuds that we've tested.
If you're looking for Apple headphones with better battery performance, consider the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless. While they're not as comfortable as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless and lack ANC, they last longer off of a single charge. Their under seven hours of continuous battery life should last through long commutes, and if you need to recharge them, their carrying case holds an additional five charges. They have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with other devices in your Apple ecosystem. They also have Spatial Audio, including head tracking, though this feature is only available on compatible devices. They have an 'Adaptive EQ' too, and this feature is advertised to adjust the buds' sound reproduction to how they fit in your ears. However, they still lack a lot of low-bass, which fans of EDM and hip-hop may find disappointing.
Check out the Pro if you're looking for an ANC system to help cut down background noise around you. However, if you want longer continuous playback time, look at the 3rd generation instead.
The best wireless sports earbuds for iPhone that we've tested are the Beats Powerbeats Pro. These headphones are also among the best wireless earbuds for running and working out we've tested, thanks to their ear-hook design, which keeps them stable in your ears while you exercise. They're rated IPX4 for water resistance and have a lightweight build.
They have an H1 chip, so you can seamlessly pair them with the devices in your Apple ecosystem, and their physical control scheme is fairly simple as well as easy to use. Their over 11 hours of continuous battery life should last through long workouts, and their standby mode can help conserve battery life when you're not actively using them. They also have a fairly neutral sound profile that's versatile enough for most kinds of audio content.
Unfortunately, their companion interface is very limited, and there aren't any sound customization features for you to use to tweak their sound. They also have a poor noise isolation performance, which can be frustrating if you work out at a noisy gym. However, this design can be advantageous if you jog outdoors as it allows you to stay aware of your surroundings.
If you want headphones that feel even more sturdy and solid, try the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless. While their 4.3-hour continuous battery life doesn't last as long as that of the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, and they don't have an H1 chip, they have a better, more premium build quality. They're also certified IPX4 for protection against splashes of water and have a very stable in-ear fit, so you don't have to worry about them moving around when you're on the go. Their smooth and warm sound profile is also well-suited for vocal-centric content like podcasts or audiobooks. While they don't block out very much background noise, some users may prefer this design as you can better monitor what's going on around you when running outside.
Check out the Beats if you prioritize a longer-lasting continuous battery life or an H1 chip for seamless pairing with Apple devices. However, go for the Bose if you want in-ears with better build quality.
The Beats Flex Wireless are the best earphones for iPhone with a wireless design and at a budget level that we've tested. These colorful and lightweight in-ears have a silicone neck cable design, so you can wear them around your neck when you're not using them. Thanks to their W1 chip, you can also seamlessly pair them with all your Apple devices.
Out of the box, they have a bass-heavy sound profile that packs a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to your mixes, making them well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop. They have a good build quality that feels durable as well as a stable and comfortable fit. Although they don't have ANC and struggle to block out lower-ranged noise like the rumbles from bus engines, they can help cut down sounds like office chatter. They also have low latency on iOS devices, which is nice if you like to stream video.
Unfortunately, their companion app is very limited, and you can't customize their sound as they lack an EQ and presets. Even though their continuous battery life of 11 hours should last you through a day at the office, they also don't have any power-saving features to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. However, if you don't mind their somewhat simple design, these in-ears offer a versatile performance at a wallet-friendly price point.
Nov 22, 2021: Replaced the Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Truly Wireless with the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless as the third generation offers Spatial Audio and better battery life.
Sep 22, 2021: Replaced the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless with the Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless as the Jaybird are getting harder to find in stock.
Jul 27, 2021: Checked the text for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.
May 28, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that the picks still represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Mar 31, 2021: Replaced the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019 with the Beats Flex Wireless as the 'Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For iPhone' because the Anker aren't easy to find in stock online. Added the Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions and checked the rest of the picks to make sure the best products are being recommended and that they're available.
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, sorted by Bluetooth iOS latency. 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.