It's hard to deny that Apple has a pretty nice ecosystem for their devices. If you have an iPhone, an iPad, or a Mac, then you've most likely been tempted by what Apple has to offer in the headphone department. Although Apple has released a few headphones, some under the Beats brand, they don’t give a very wide selection to choose from. This means that not all the recommendations on this list will benefit from the W1/H1 chip that gives earbuds like the Apple AirPods a slight performance boost and better ease of use on iOS devices. However, all these recommendations will work with your iPhone and iPad wirelessly, some with app support on iOS for better customization features.
We've tested over 80 wireless in-ears and earbuds and below are our top recommendations for the best headphones for iPhone users to purchase in 2019. See also our recommendations for the best sounding wireless earbuds, the best earbuds with a mic, and the best truly wireless earbuds.
The best wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested so far are the Apple AirPods Pro. These truly wireless in-ears have a premium, well-made feel, and utilize the H1 chip for seamless pairing to your Apple devices. They're among the most comfortable in-ear headphones we've tested to date, and even without stability fins are incredibly stable and shouldn't move around in your ear, making them a good choice to use while working out.
These headphones are well-suited to use for your daily commute thanks to their very good noise isolation. Their ANC performance is one of the best that we've tested on earbuds, and does an excellent job at blocking out both the low engine rumbles of a bus or train, as well as background chatter in the office. While their sound profile is a little bass-light, their sound reproduction is impressive overall and should be well-suited for most genres of music.
Unfortunately, these wireless earbuds don't have a very good microphone and the person on the other end of the line may have a difficult time hearing you if you're in a noisy environment. They also lack many customization options, only allowing you to toggle ANC or transparency mode on/off or choosing which earbud activates Siri; those on Android have no customization at all. Overall, these are a very versatile and well-rounded pair of wireless earbuds that are suitable for a variety of situations, making them a great companion to your iPhone.
If you're looking for truly wireless earbuds that aren't quite as expensive, then get the Apple AirPods 2. Their noise isolation and sound reproduction aren't nearly as good as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, but their non-intrusive fit may be more comfortable for most people. These wireless earbuds don't enter into the ear canal like in-ear options do, which causes a pretty significant loss of bass, so they're not ideal if you listen to more bass-heavy music. They also let a lot of background noise in, so they may not be the best choice to use for your daily commute on a noisy train or bus. On the upside, they utilize Apple's H1 chip for seamless pairing to Apple devices, and if you get the right fit, you'll likely find them very comfortable.
Get the AirPods Pro if you care more about sound quality and noise isolation, but if you want Apple's iconic AirPod look but don't want to spend as much, go for the AirPods 2.
If you want a pair of wireless earbuds to help you stay motivated at the gym, go for the Beats Powerbeats Pro. Their ear-hook design provides a comfortable, stable, and breathable fit which makes them a great choice for using during workouts. They utilize Apple's H1 chip which allows seamless pairing to your Apple devices, meaning you don't need to fuss around with Bluetooth settings to connect them. They have a sleek and stylish design which feels premium and well-built, and they're rated IPX4 for sweat and water resistance, though this isn't something we currently test.
They have a surprisingly well-balanced sound profile with an almost perfect bass-range that isn't overpowering, making them well-suited for a wide variety of music genres and content. Their 11.5-hour battery life is the best we've seen in truly wireless headphones so far, and should easily get you through a day of work and even a visit to the gym after. On top of that, they only take around 45 minutes to fully charge, which is impressive.
Unfortunately, their noise isolation performance is quite poor, so they don't do a very good job at keeping you from getting distracted in a busy gym or blocking out engine noises during your daily commute. On the upside, those who run on busy streets may appreciate being able to stay aware of their surroundings while wearing them. Overall, though, their well-built design, impressive battery life, and great sound reproduction makes them a solid choice for anyone looking for a new pair of wireless earbuds for working out.
If you want wireless earbuds for the gym but like to be able to better customize your sound profile, go for the Jaybird Tarah Pro. Unlike the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, they don't use Apple's H1 chip and they have a wire connecting the two earbuds, but they feel even better built and have a great app for customizing your sound. They're great wireless earbuds for the gym thanks to their comfortable and stable fit, good 13-hour battery life, and IPX7 waterproofing, though this isn't something we currently test. They're compatible with Jaybird's great MySound app that's available for both Android and iOS and gives you access to a fully parametric EQ, as well as presets and other features like button mapping and playback control.
If you want seamless pairing with your Apple devices, or like the freedom of truly wireless headphones, get the Beats, but if you like being able to fully customize your sound profile depending on what you're listening to, go for the Jaybird.
The best wireless earbuds for iPhone users in the budget category are the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They have a sporty look and a stable ear-hook design that comes with 6 tip options to ensure a perfect fit. The tips don’t enter as far into the ear canal as other in-ear headphones do, which relieves a bit of the pressure some people feel with in-ears. Their sound reproduction is much better than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 for a fraction of the cost and are the best cheap wireless earbuds we’ve tested so far.
They pack a lot of bass while still sounding very well-balanced overall. Their battery provides nearly 13 hours of playback on a single charge, which is quite good for budget earbuds. They also isolate more noise than the Beats Powerbeats Pro, though not nearly as much as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless.
Like the Jaybird Tarah Pro Wireless, the Anker don’t have Apple’s H1 chip for easy pairing. They also don’t have a power-saving feature, so they need to be shut off when not in use or else the battery will continue to drain. That said, they're the best earbuds for iPhone users and they offer great value for the price.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbuds 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.
11/08/2019: Changed top pick to Apple AirPods Pro and removed Jabra Elite Active 65t.