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 and both the headphones themselves and the case feel very durable. They utilize Apple's H1 chip for seamless pairing to your Apple devices, as well as providing low latency for a lag-free experience when watching videos. While they have a more traditional in-ear style that goes into your ear canal, they're among the most comfortable headphones of this type that we've tested. Despite not having stability fins, they still feel very secure in the ear, making them a good option for wearing to the gym as well.
Their sound profile is fairly neutral and well-balanced, making them versatile enough for most genres of music. They may not please fans of heavy bass, but they still have much more bass than the open-back Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019. They also have ANC, making them a great option for blocking out the engine rumble of the bus on your daily commute. The ANC also does an excellent job of blocking out chatty coworkers, meaning they're great to use in the office as well.
Unfortunately, they don't have a dedicated companion app, and just have a separate section within iOS' settings. While it offers some basic button mapping, you can't change the sound profile through an EQ to match your personal preferences. Android users get even fewer options, as they lose the small amount of customizability these headphones do have. Overall, if you're an Apple user, you'll likely love how easily these headphones connect to all your devices, and the extra benefits you get by staying within Apple's ecosystem.
If you're looking for truly wireless earbuds that aren't quite as expensive, then get the Apple AirPods 2. They don't have ANC so their noise isolation isn't nearly as good as the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, and they don't have nearly as much bass, but their earbud design doesn't go nearly as deep into the ear canal, and they're cheaper. While their fit may be more comfortable to some, they're quite a bit less stable and you may have a tough time keeping them in your ears during workouts. While their sound profile is similar in the mid and treble ranges, these headphones have significantly less bass than the Pro, which may make your music sound quite bright.
Get the Pro if you care more about sound quality and noise isolation, but if you find in-ears uncomfortable or want Apple's iconic AirPod look without spending as much, go for the AirPods 2.
The best sport-oriented wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested so far are the Beats Powerbeats Pro Truly Wireless. They have a comfortable ear-hook design that provides great stability and shouldn't fall off during heavy movements. The build quality is good, the touch controls are very easy to use, and you can even use voice commands through Siri. Apple's H1 chip makes the pairing process a breeze as well as ensuring a strong and reliable connection.
As for sound, these earbuds perform remarkably well. The bass is nearly flawless, while the mids greatly emphasizes vocals and leads; however, the treble can sound overly bright for some. Sadly, they don't have an active noise cancelling feature and their passive noise isolation is rather poor, but it does make them a good choice for outdoor runners, as they allow for better environmental awareness. Additionally, they have an amazing 11.4-hour of continuous playback time, the charging case holds an additional charge, and the earbuds take less than an hour to fully charge.
Overall, if you're an iPhone user and want the best earbuds for working out, definitely go with these headphones.
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 both 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. 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. Their sound reproduction is much better than the Apple AirPods 2 Truly Wireless 2019 for a fraction of the cost and they're 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 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.
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.
01/13/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
12/06/2019: Only minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
11/08/2019: Changed top pick to Apple AirPods Pro and removed Jabra Elite Active 65t.