It's hard to deny that Apple has a pretty nice ecosystem for all 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 the recommendations will work with your iPhone and iPad wirelessly, some with app support on iOS for better customization features.
We've tested more than 71 wireless in-ears and earbuds and below are our top recommendation 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 earbuds for iPhone that we've tested so far are the Beats Powerbeats3 Wireless. Since Apple acquired the Beats brand a few years ago, they’ve released a few models with the W1 chip. Headphones with this chip, like the Powerbeats3, perform slightly better when paired with iOS devices. They have an ear-hook design that ensures great stability for athletes and have an in-line remote that’s practical and easy-to-use.
These headphones reproduce audio well and sound a lot more neutral than many of the in-ears and earbuds we've tested. They have a good 12-hour battery life and an outstanding 56-foot wireless range. Furthermore, with the W1 Chip, these headphones pair seamlessly with iCloud – you just turn them on and hold them near your iPhone and they simultaneously connect to all your Apple devices.
Unfortunately, the Beats Powerbeats3 have poor noise isolation, letting in all the rumbling of bus or plane engines, which makes them less well-suited for commuters. They also don’t have any power-saving features; if you forget to turn them off, they will continue draining their battery. On the upside, they charge completely in just over an hour and have a quick charge feature that gives you an hour of playback from a 5-minute charge. Overall, they're the best wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've reviewed.
If you own an iPhone that doesn’t have a headphone jack, you’ve probably considered the Apple AirPods at some point. Although they’re not the best truly wireless earbuds we’ve reviewed in general, their seamless integration into iOS makes them the best truly wireless earbuds for iPhone specifically. They’re super lightweight and have a unique, open fit that is impressively comfortable for earbuds.
When fully charged, these headphones deliver over 4 hours of continuous playback, which is decent, but they also come with a compact charging case that gives up to 5 extra charges. They only take a half hour to fully charge, so as long as you have the case nearby, you don’t have to wait too long before you can start using them again. With the new AirPods, you can choose between the regular wired charging case or the new wireless Qi version. They also use Apple’s latest H1 chip, which is supposed to provide even better range and latency performance.
On the downside, these headphones are lacking in deep bass and sound a bit bright. They’ll be fine for podcasts and audiobooks, but fans of more bass-heavy genres may be disappointed since you can’t EQ their sound. Their open-back design also lets in a lot of ambient noise, which might be a deal-breaker for those looking for better isolation but is good for joggers who want to monitor their surroundings. Overall, the new Apple AirPods are well-designed truly wireless earbuds.
If you like the truly wireless design of the Apple AirPods 2 2019 but prefer something with more bass and better isolation, then get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They’re not as comfortable as the AirPods, but they have an in-ear fit that blocks a lot more noise and provides better bass. They’re well-built headphones with a smooth matte finish and are rated IP 56 for dust and water resistance.
Since these headphones have better isolation than the AirPods, they’re better suited for use while commuting or in noisy environments. Their in-ear fit also helps with bass performance – while their bass isn’t as powerful as some of the other in-ears we've tested, these headphones still sound better overall.
These headphones have a decent battery for truly wireless earbuds, but they don’t last as long as the AirPods overall since their charging case only provides 2 additional charges. They also don’t benefit from the W1 chip like some Beats headphones do. On the upside, these headphones are a good option for Android and iOS users alike, thanks to the wealth of customization options offered by the Jabra Sound + app. Overall, the Elite Active 65t are a good, truly wireless in-ear.
If you like the sports-oriented design of the Jabra Elite Active 65t but prefer being able to hang your earbuds around your neck when not in use, get the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re well-built with a braided cable connecting the two magnetic earbuds that can snap together for easier cable management. They have a comfortable earbud-like fit that protrudes in the ear canal less deeply than typical in-ears and are rated IPX7 for advanced water resistance.
These headphones sound decent out-of-the-box, but what really sets them apart is their compatibility with the Jaybird MySound app that provides a great parametric EQ for you to customize them your way. The app is available on iOS and Android, so you won’t have a problem if you switch between various devices. They have a 13-hour battery life and trigger an auto-off timer when the magnetic earbuds are snapped together, further saving power.
On the downside, they use a proprietary charging cradle. This can be frustrating, especially since most people aren’t likely to be carrying a spare Jaybird Tarah Pro charger on them for you to borrow if ever you misplace or forget yours. However, if the charger isn’t a bother for you, this is one of the best Bluetooth headsets for iPhone users, even though they don’t feature the W1 or H1 chip.
If you want comfortable wireless in-ears with a battery that’ll last all day at a budget price, then get the Anker SoundBuds Curve. They're the best earbuds for iPhone in the budget category. 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. They’re not as sweat-resistant as the similar Anker Soundcore Spirit X, but they’re still a good choice for sports.
These headphones sound better than the Apple AirPods 2 2019 for a fraction of the cost. They pack a lot of bass, but are pretty well-balanced overall for budget in-ears. They also have better noise isolation performance than the AirPods, though not as good as Jabra Elite Active 65t. These headphones also have a fairly decent battery, lasting for nearly 13 hours on a single charge.
These headphones don’t have Apple’s W1 or H1 chip, so they have to be paired like a regular Bluetooth device and don’t benefit from the same latency and range benefits that other headphones do. 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 offer great value for the price and are a solid budget option for iPhone users.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best earbuds for iPhone to buy for most people in each price range. 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.