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 Beats Powerbeats Pro. They take advantage of Apple’s H1 chip for seamless integration with iOS devices and are very easy-to-use thanks to their intuitive physical controls. They’re well-built and have a comfortable yet stable fit which makes them great for working out.
These sports-oriented wireless in-ears have a remarkably balanced sound with great audio reproduction, so they’re well-suited to a very wide range of music genres. They also have impressive battery performance. They provide over 11 hours of continuous playback on a single charge, have a standby mode, and come with a charging case that can help their battery last even longer. They don’t isolate very much noise, but this can be helpful if you want to remain aware of your surroundings while training.
Unfortunately, they don’t come with any customizable features on the iPhone, unlike the Apple AirPods 2 2019 which feature mappable controls. All things considered, though, they're the best wireless headphones for iPhone users: they're great wireless in-ears for sports and are versatile enough to be a decent choice for most uses. You can also consider the Beats Powerbeats3 if you don’t need a truly wireless design, but they don’t come with a charging case.
If you're looking for truly wireless earbuds with a more casual design for everyday use, then get the Apple AirPods 2. They're not as good for sports as the Beats Powerbeats Pro, but they have an even more comfortable, lightweight design that makes them a great choice for your day-to-day. Their open-back design doesn't isolate very much noise and results in a pretty significant loss of bass, so they're not ideal if you listen to more bass-heavy music or want to block noise during your commute, but if you listen to lots of audiobooks or podcasts and need to remain aware of your surroundings while traveling, they're a good choice.
Get the Powerbeats Pro if you're looking for more sports-oriented earbuds to use with your iPhone, but if want something that's better suited to your average, daily use, then get the AirPods.
If you like a truly wireless design but prefer customizable headphones that you can set up with Android or iOS, then get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They’re very well-built earbuds with a premium, smooth matte finish and an IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. They have very good audio reproduction out-of-the-box and you can pair them with the Jabra Sound+ app on your smartphone to further customize the way they sound.
Since these earbuds isolate a surprising amount of noise, they have a talk-through mode so you can hear what’s going on around you without needing to take the earbuds out of your ears, which is great for commuters. They hardly leak any sound, either, so you won’t have to worry about bothering those around you with your music, which makes them good travel headphones.
Unfortunately, they’re not as comfortable as the Beats Powerbeats Pro and they don’t benefit from the H1 chip, so you’ll have to pair them like a regular Bluetooth device. That said, though, they’re a better option for those who use both Android and iOS thanks to their solid performance overall and wealth of customization options offered by their mobile app.
If you’re looking for highly customizable wireless earbuds for iPhone, get the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They're compatible with a great mobile app that provides lots of neat customization options and have a very durable design that's made to withstand intense physical activity. They're rated IPX7 for waterproofing and come with a sturdy, braided cable that has an easy-to-use in-line remote.
These sports-oriented earbuds sound decent out-of-the-box, but when you pair them with the Jaybird MySound app, you gain access to a fully parametric EQ, so you can tweak them to sound just how you'd like. The app also provides access to an online community platform where you can find your favorite athletes' EQ presets and share playlists with your friends. You can use the app on either iOS or Android too, which is helpful if you own multiple devices.
While their 13-hour battery life is quite good, they use a dedicated charging cradle that can be a bit inconvenient. If you forget it at home, you won't be able to just charge your earbuds with a spare Lightning or micro-USB cable. Thankfully, their magnetized earbuds trigger an auto-off timer when snapped together, so you shouldn't have to charge them too often. They don't have Apple's H1 chip, but if you're looking for customizable earbuds that feel durable enough to handle your toughest workouts, the Tarah Pro are a great option.
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. They sound better than the Apple AirPods 2 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 as much as the Jabra Elite Active 65t.
Like the Jabra and the Jaybird Tarah Pro, the SoundBuds Curve don’t have Apple’s H1 chip. 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.