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. Unfortunately, although Apple has released a few headsets, some under the Beats brand, they do not have as many wireless in-ears and earbuds to choose from. This means that not all the recommendations on this list will benefit from the W1 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 62 wireless in-ears and earbuds and below are our top recommendation for the best earbuds for iOS 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 BeatsX. Apple acquired the Beats brand a few years ago and since then has released a couple of headsets with the W1 chip. Headphones with this chip like the BeatsX have a slight performance boost when paired with your iPhone compared to an Android device. They are already fairly versatile and balanced-sounding headphones with a super flexible around-the-neck design that you can easily fold and shove into your pockets.
They have an in-ear fit that's stable enough for sports and block enough noise passively to make them a suitable option for commuting and traveling. They also have a well-balanced sound that's a lot more neutral-sounding than a lot of the in-ears and earbuds we've tested, including most of the other recommendations on this list. Furthermore, with the W1 Chip, the BeatsX boast an incredible wireless range, and relatively low latency, especially on iOS devices where the latency also undergoes some compensation so your videos remain in sync.
Unfortunately, their build quality does not feel as durable as some of the other wireless designs we've tested and they do not have the longest lasting battery life. On the upside, they charge completely in under an hour and their quick charge feature gives you a lot of playtime from a 5-minute charge before leaving your home, which is super convenient. Overall, they're the best Bluetooth headset for iPhone we've reviewed.
If you own an iPhone that doesn’t have a headphone jack, you’ve probably considered the 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. The AirPods are very well-built but are not sweat or water resistant like the Jabra Elite Active 65t or the Jaybird X4.
When fully charged, the Apple AirPods deliver close to 5 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 if the battery dies.
On the downside, the sound performance of the AirPods is below average. They’re 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. The AirPods are well-designed truly wireless earbuds and are a solid choice for fans of the Apple ecosystem.
If you like the truly wireless design of the Apple AirPods but wished it delivered a bit more bass and isolation for your daily commutes, then get the Jabra Elite Active 65t. They are not as comfortable as the AirPods and do not last as long overall since their case only provides 2 additional charges, unlike the AirPods'. They're also not strictly optimized for iOS, as they work equally well on Android and do not benefit from the W1 chip improvements like some of the Beats headphones.
On the upside, the Jabra Elite Active 65t are a good option for Android and iOS users alike, thanks to the wealth of customization options offered by the Jabra Sound + app which is available on both mobile operating systems. They have an in-ear fit that blocks a lot more noise than the AirPods and also leaks a little less, making them better suited for commuting and noisy environments. The in-ear fit also helps with generating a deep bass that's not as powerful as some of the other in-ears we've tested, but still delivers a better overall sound than the AirPods.
Overall, the Elite Active 65t are a good, mixed usage in-ear on par with the Samsung Gear IconX, which we often recommend. But unlike the IconX, the Active 65t are not restricted to Android and will work equally well for iOS users.
If you want a similar headset to the BeatsX that's a bit better suited for sports and has a customizable sound, then consider the Jaybird X4. Like the Jabra Elite Active 65t, the Jaybird X4 are not strictly optimized for iOS devices and work equally well on Android. They also do not have the balanced sound of the BeatsX or the compact truly wireless design of the AirPods. On the other hand, the Jaybird X4 have a customizable sound that you can EQ via the Jaybird MySound app that's available for iOS or Android. They also have a good, durable design with an iPX7 rating that makes them decently sweatproof (although we weren't able to test their water resistance with our current testbench).
They're easy to use, decently comfortable, and have a good wireless range. Unfortunately, they do not have the best battery life. At 7 hours, you will have to charge them almost every night and they also come with a cumbersome charging cradle that can be quite limiting. If you lose or misplace it, then you won't be able to charge the headphones. On the upside, for their price, they deliver a good overall experience for both iOS and Android users, especially if you mostly use your headphones for working out.
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 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.
The Anker SoundBuds Curve sound better than the Apple AirPods for a fraction of the cost. They pack a lot of bass, but are overall pretty well-balanced for budget in-ears. They also have better noise isolation performance than the AirPods, though not as good as Jabra Elite Active 65t. The SoundBuds Curve also have a fairly decent battery, lasting for nearly 13 hours on a single charge, which is almost twice the length of our top pick, the BeatsX. However, they 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.
Like the Jabra Elite Active 65t and the Jaybird X4, the SoundBuds Curve aren't made with Apple’s W1 chip, so they have to be paired like a regular Bluetooth device and don’t have the same latency and range benefits that the BeatsX and the AirPods do. 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 wireless earbuds for iPhone to buy for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper headphone wins over a pricier one 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/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.