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 2020. 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-ear headphones have a very premium design that feels well-built overall. They have a much shorter stem than the non-pro versions, which makes them stick down a little less past your ear. Their charging case is extremely small and supports wireless charging, so you can quickly top up its battery just by tossing it on any Qi-enabled charger. They also utilize Apple's H1 chip for seamless pairing to Apple devices, and they last just over five hours off a single charge, which is decent.
Unlike the traditional Apple AirPods, the Pro model now have an in-ear design, which will help them stay in place during even moderately strenuous workouts. While they're quite comfortable, especially for in-ears, some people may still prefer the fit of the regular Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 since they don't enter into your ear and create a plunger feeling. On the upside, the in-ear design helps these headphones achieve much better bass accuracy, and they now have ANC, which works extremely well.
The sound profile of these headphones is extremely well-balanced and accurate, making them a good choice for a wide variety of content or genres. While you get some basic customization options through the settings tab on any iOS or ipadOS device, you don't gain access to any sort of EQ options, and Android users lose all settings options entirely, which is a shame. Overall, these are a very decent pair of truly wireless headphones that make an excellent companion to your iPhone.
If you want something that'll pair seamlessly with your iPhone but find in-ears uncomfortable, then get the Apple AirPods 2 2019. They aren't noise cancelling like the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, and their open-back design hardly isolates any noise, but they have an earbud fit that most people find much more comfortable. They lack quite a bit of bass compared to the Pro, so they're not as good as for EDM or hip-hop, but their brighter sound is suitable for podcasts or audiobooks.
Get the Pro if you care about noise isolation and want a better-balanced sound, but if you find in-ears uncomfortable, then go for the AirPods 2.
The best wireless sports earbuds for iPhone that we've tested to date are the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. These truly wireless headphones have an ear-hook design that helps them feel very stable, even during slightly strenuous workouts. Their controls are very easy to use, so you can quickly adjust your music in the middle of a workout, and they're rated IPX4 for basic water and sweat resistance, though this isn't something we currently test for.
The sound profile of these headphones is very well-balanced and should lend itself well it a wide variety of genres, though unfortunately, they don't have any EQ settings to change their sound. They also lack ANC, and overall their isolation performance is poor. This means that they may not be the best choice to block out background sounds in a noisy gym. They don't leak too much sound, however, so if you blast your music, some people may be able to hear a bit of what you're listening to, but it likely will be fine for environments like a loud gym.
The battery performance of these headphones is very good, and they have one of the highest single-charge battery lives we've seen on a pair of truly wireless headphones. They'll last almost 11.5 hours off a single charge, and they charge up fully in about 45 minutes, which is fantastic. They also utilize Apple's H1 chip so you can easily pair them to any Apple device. Overall, if you own an iPhone and want a pair of headphones to take with you to the gym, these are the best choice.
If you want the ability to customize your earbuds' sound, check out the Jaybird Tarah Pro. Though they don't offer the same seamless pairing process as the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, Jaybird's mobile companion app is one of the best on the market and lets you customize the earbuds to your heart's content. The app has several presets to choose from, a parametric EQ, and profiles created by other users. The cable connecting the earbuds houses the in-line remote that's easy to use and lets you hang the earbuds around your neck when you're not using them. The only downside is the use of a proprietary charger, which can be annoying if misplaced. However, these earbuds have a great 13-hour battery life as well as a power-saving feature to help extend it further.
If you want the benefits of the Apple ecosystem, the Beats are a better choice, but if customizability is a must, then go with the Jaybird.
The best wireless earbuds for iPhone users in the budget category are the Anker SoundBuds Curve Upgraded 2019. They have a sporty look and a stable ear-hook design that comes with six 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. They even come with a nice carrying case, which is a welcome addition at this price point.
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 Truly Wireless, 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.
03/13/2020: No updates to picks; only minor changes to the text.
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.