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The 6 Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone - Spring 2023 Reviews

Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

If you're an Apple user, you're likely pretty cozy in their ecosystem. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, or all of the above, you've likely looked into what Apple offers for headphones. They've released a few headphones, mainly under Apple's AirPods lineup and their subsidiary brand, Beats, but they don't have a wide selection to choose from. As such, not all recommendations on this list will utilize Apple's W1/H1 and H2 chips, which let headphones pair to your many Apple devices seamlessly. It's not strictly necessary, and any Bluetooth headphones will still work with Apple devices. Additionally, since newer iPhones no longer have a headphone jack, opting for a wireless pair of headphones is easier.

We've tested over 230 wireless in-ears and earbuds, below are our top recommendations for the best wireless earbuds 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.

  1. Best Earbuds For iPhone

    The Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless are the best wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested. These premium and iconic buds are a good choice for anyone looking for the full Apple experience. These headphones have an updated H2 chip instead of the H1 chip found in their predecessor, the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless. While it lets you seamlessly pair the buds with other Apple devices, it also improves their audio reproduction by automatically adjusting their bass and treble levels depending on your listening volume. Additionally, they support Apple Music's Spatial Audio—a feature that orients compatible audio with your head movements, creating a more immersive experience. Their ANC also eliminates much of the low rumbly noise from engines during a commute, making it easier to hear your music in busy environments.

    They offer versatile overall performance and will do well whether you're traveling, exercising at the gym, or plugging away at the office. While their six-hour battery life won't last longer workdays, the carrying case holds four extra charges and brings your buds back to 100% in less than an hour. Their sound profile is warm and well-balanced, with better bass extension than the first generation. Thanks to their adaptive EQ, which adjusts the sound based on the shape of your ear, you'll get consistent playback every time you use them. Even though they don't have any built-in sound customization features, you can access limited adjustment features via the 'Accessibility' tab using a compatible iOS device.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    If you want Apple's AirPod design without spending top dollar for their flagship model, consider the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless. While they're not as feature-heavy as our top pick, the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless have an open-back, one-size-fits-all build that some users may prefer. This design doesn't block background noise, and the buds leak audio at high volumes. However, they're lightweight, sleek, and have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with other devices in your Apple ecosystem.

    Like our top pick, they have an adaptive EQ that adjusts the buds' sound to your unique ear shape. It creates a well-balanced and bright sound profile, but the buds still struggle to make a thumpy low-bass due to their open-back design. They also don't have an EQ in their companion app, but you can adjust some basic audio settings if you have a compatible iOS device via the 'Accessibility' tab. They also have a 6.8-hour continuous battery life, and their carrying case holds roughly five additional charges. Unfortunately, the buds don't have volume controls, which is inconvenient.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    While the Apple-friendly Sony WF-C700N Truly Wireless are the best we've tested in the mid-range, you're going to lose out on a lot of proprietary features by choosing a pair of buds not manufactured by Apple, but they don't currently make mid-range wireless earbuds. The Sony don't have an H1 or H2 chip like our previous picks, but can still easily pair to your device via the button on their charging case. They do a good job cutting out ambient chit-chat and the high-pitched hum of an AC unit, but they won't keep you isolated from low-frequency background noise, like a rumbly bus or plane engine. They're also rated IPX4 for protection against water splashes.

    Their default sound profile is well-balanced and versatile enough for all kinds of audio content. Unlike Apple's wireless headphones, the Sony's sound profile can be fine-tuned using their companion app's graphic EQ and presets. While they aren't compatible with Apple Music's Spacial Audio, they have their own proprietary virtual soundstage called 360 Audio. However, a subscription to a compatible streaming service like Tidal will be required. Their battery lasts around eight hours with ANC on, but their carrying case only comes with one additional charge, which is disappointing compared to the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless' five.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    In the budget price range, the Beats Flex Wireless are the best earphones for iPhone we've tested. They don't have as many features as other picks on this list, but they still offer solid performance for their budget price. They come in a few colors to match your style and have a W1 chip, making connecting them to your other Apple devices easy. The W1 chip is an older processor than the H1 or H2 chips, so you can't benefit from features like 'Hey Siri' voice activation. Fortunately, they still have low iOS latency, ensuring your audio and visuals stay in sync.

    These in-ears have a neck cable design, so you can wear them around your neck when not in use. Unfortunately, their low price is reflected in their durability, as some users have reported that their units stopped working within a year of purchasing them. Their bass-heavy sound profile is well-suited for genres like EDM and hip-hop, thanks to their extra thump and boom. However, unlike our mid-range pick, they don't have an EQ to help you adjust their sound.

    See our review

  5. Best Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    Despite the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless' lack of Apple-centric features like Spatial Audio or an H2 chip, these premium in-ears have one of the best noise cancelling systems on the market. Their powerful ANC easily isolates you from the low rumble of bus engines and ambient office chatter. With their ANC on, they last nearly seven hours on a single charge and have three additional charges in the carrying case. That's longer than the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, but they may not last a whole workday without recharging.

    These buds have a more bass-heavy sound profile than what we measure. This is because of the shape of our test rig's ears, which affects bass delivery. Subjectively, the buds deliver more boom than our graph shows, and it muddies vocals and instruments. You can customize their sound to your liking using their app's 5-band graphic EQ and presets. Stability is also great as these in-ears come with different sizes of ear tips and stability fins, allowing you to get the right fit for your listening experience.

    See our review

  6. Best Wireless Sports Earbuds For iPhone

    The Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless are the best wireless earphones for iPhone for sports we've tested. Thanks to their ear-hook design, they stay in place during runs or workouts at the gym. They're significantly more stable in-ear than the similarly priced Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless, which helps cement them as one of the best wireless earbuds for running and working out. They're also comfortable, well-built, and are rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes, so they'll survive an outdoor hike. They last over 11 hours continuously on a single charge, and their carrying case holds roughly one extra charge, which is handy in a pinch.

    Thanks to their H1 chip, you can seamlessly pair them with Apple devices like your iPhone. However, they don't support Apple's Spatial Audio or Adaptive EQ features, and their companion interface leaves much to be desired. Luckily, they have a fairly neutral sound profile, so they're versatile and well-suited for different types of audio. They don't have any sound customization features, though.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Beats Fit Pro True Wireless: The Beats Fit Pro True Wireless offer many of the same iOS-related features as the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, like Spatial Audio and an H1 chip for seamless pairing. However, their fit isn't as comfortable, and their ANC blocks significantly less ambient noise. See our review
  • EarFun Air Pro True Wireless: The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are a viable alternative to the Sony WF-C700N Truly Wireless if you value microphone performance. That said, they don't have sound customization features and have higher iOS latency. See our review
  • Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless: The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are budget-friendly in-ears. They're similar in design to Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, but unlike the Beats Flex Wireless, they don't have Apple's H1 chip. See our review
  • Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Earbuds Truly Wireless are sports-oriented earbuds that don't block out much ambient noise, which you may prefer if you run outdoors. However, they lack an H1/W1 chip and have a shorter continuous battery life than the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. See our review
  • Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless: The Bose Sport Open Earbuds Truly Wireless are comfortable earbuds intended for outdoor sports. However, their continuous battery life is shorter than the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless, and they lack a lot of low-bass. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. May 19, 2023: Replaced the Jabra Elite 4 Active True Wireless with the Sony WF-C700N Truly Wireless.

  2. Feb 20, 2023: Quality of life update for better market relevance and readability.

  3. Dec 22, 2022: Changed our top pick to the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless and our 'Best Noise Cancelling' pick to the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless. We also moved the original Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless to Notable Mentions.

  4. Jul 25, 2022: We've revamped this article to provide better picks. We've added the Sennheiser MOMENTUM 3 True Wireless as the 'Best Noise Cancelling Wireless Earbuds for iPhone' and added the Jabra Elite 4 Active True Wireless as 'Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone'. We've renamed the Apple AirPods Gen 3 as 'Best Upper Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone'. We've also removed out-of-date Notable Mentions that are no longer relevant and moved the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless to this section.

  5. May 30, 2022: Moved the Bose Sport Earbuds into Notable Mentions. Added the EarFun Air Pro True Wireless as 'Best Call-Oriented Wireless Earbuds For iPhone'. Made the Apple AirPods (3rd Generation) the 'Best Open-Back Wireless Earbuds For iPhone'.

All Reviews

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.