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The 6 Best Wireless Earbuds For iPhone - Winter 2023 Reviews

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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 in terms of headphones. While they've released a few headphones, mainly under the Beats and AirPods brands, they don't have a very wide selection to choose from, so not all recommendations on this list will utilize Apple's W1/H1 and H2 chips. While these chips allow headphones to pair to your many Apple devices seamlessly, it's not strictly necessary, and any Bluetooth headphones still work. Since newer iPhones no longer have a headphone jack, it's easier to opt for a wireless pair of headphones.

We've tested over 210 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. Unlike their predecessor, the Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless, they have an H2 chip instead of an H1 chip. While it still allows you to 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 to follow your head movements, creating a more immersive experience.

    They offer versatile overall performance and will do well whether you're traveling, exercising at the gym, or plugging away at the office. They have a 5.9-hour continuous battery life, and their ANC eliminates a lot of the low rumbly noise coming from engines during a commute. Their adaptive EQ also adjusts sound based on the shape of your ear. This results in a warm and well-balanced sound with better bass extension than the first generation. Even though they don't have any built-in sound customization features, if you're using a compatible iOS device, you can access limited adjustment features via the 'Accessibility' tab. 

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    If you're looking for something more wallet-friendly than our top pick while still sticking within Apple's lineup, then consider the Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless. While they're not as feature-heavy as the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless, they have an open-back, one-size-fits-all design that some users may prefer. Keep in mind that this design doesn't block out background noise though, 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 the top pick, they have an adaptive EQ that adjusts the buds' sound to your unique ear shape. This creates a well-balanced and bright sound profile, but the buds still struggle to create a thumpy low-bass due to their open-back design. They don't have an EQ in their companion app, but you can still 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. On the downside, they don't have volume controls, which is a bit inconvenient.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    The best mid-range wireless earbuds for iPhone we've tested are the Jabra Elite 4 Active True Wireless. They lack an H1 or H2 chip, but it's still easy to pair them to your iPhone. They also have a well-balanced sound, making them a versatile choice for most audio content, and you can fine-tune them to your liking with their companion app's graphic EQ and presets.

    Although these earbuds have an ANC system, it doesn't improve much upon the buds' passive isolation capabilities. While they have a hard time blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines, they can reduce an outstanding amount of office-related noise like ambient chatter and the high-pitched hum of AC units. With their ANC on, they last almost eight hours continuously, and their carrying case supplies an additional three charges if you need it.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Wireless Earbuds For iPhone

    The Beats Flex Wireless are the best earphones for iPhone with a wireless design and at a budget level that we've tested. While they don't have as many features as other picks on this list, they still offer a solid performance for their price. They come in a few colors to match your style and have a W1 chip, making it easy to connect them to your other Apple devices. That said, the W1 chip is an older processor than the H1 or H2 chips, so you won't be able to benefit from features like 'Hey Siri' voice activation or improvements to latency and connection. That said, 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 also 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

    The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II Truly Wireless are the best noise cancelling wireless earbuds for iPhone that we've tested. While they don't have any of the same Apple-centric features like Spatial Audio or an H2 chip as headphones from this manufacturer, these premium in-ears are still worth considering if you're looking for one of the best noise cancelling systems on the market. Their powerful ANC easily isolates you from the low rumble of bus engines, as well as ambient office chatter. With their ANC on, they last nearly seven hours on a single charge and have an additional three charges in the carrying case. That's longer than the Apple AirPods Pro (2nd generation) Truly Wireless but still may not last you the whole day without needing to recharge.

    Out of the box, they have a slightly U-shaped sound profile that delivers thumpy bass and bright and detailed vocals and instruments. You can also 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 sports earbuds for iPhone we've tested. Thanks to their ear-hook design, they stay in place during tough runs or workouts at the gym. They're significantly more stable in-ear than the similarly priced Apple AirPods (3rd generation) Truly Wireless too, which helps cement them as one of the best wireless earbuds for running and working out we've tested. They're also comfortable, well-built, and are rated IPX4 for resistance against water splashes. 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, and their companion interface leaves a lot to be desired. Luckily, they have a fairly neutral sound profile, so they're well-suited for different genres. 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 a lot 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 Jabra Elite 4 Active True Wireless if you value mic 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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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'.

  4. Mar 31, 2022: We've checked our picks for accuracy and product availability. There hasn't been a change in our recommendations.

  5. Jan 27, 2022: Added the Beats Fit Pro True Wireless to Notable Mentions. Checked our picks for accuracy and product availability.

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.

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