The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are two of the world’s most popular music players, packed with exclusive technology including a unique bluetooth pairing chip and high-quality audio codec. In lesser-technical terms, that means the device has fancy hardware that compress your music data to enable faster transmission, resulting in higher-quality audio and a better listening experience. So, you’ll need some slick wireless headphones.
The iPhone 7 also uses a special W1 Bluetooth pairing chip to make wireless connections easier. No Android phones have the W1 pairing chip, its strictly an iPhone thing (Team Blue Texts). One technology that’s missing, however, is our old friend, the 3.5mm headphone jack. Not surprisingly, that change is driving many users over to wireless headphones. These headphones are our best picks specifically for the iPhone 7.
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless Review
Our take: The Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless headphone set is one of the more expensive Bluetooth headphone pairs on the market. It’s expensive for good reason, it delivers brilliant audio and looks slick while doing it. Quality + style = win.
Beats BeatsX Review
Our take: The BeatsX Bluetooth earphones from Beats deliver strong audio performance, but we are more impressed with the excellent wireless connectivity, all made possible by the W1 pairing chip we discussed.
Skullcandy Method Wireless Review
Our take: The reasonably priced Skullcandy Method Wireless earphones delivers solid Bluetooth audio from an exercise-friendly, neckband-style frame. We recommend these if you’re a frequent runner and want something lighter and less intrusive. We also put together some tips for keeping your iPhone safe from cracking while running.
Apple AirPods Review
Our take: The Apple AirPods feel like a big step for wireless in-ear audio, it’s more about innovations and features from Apple here and less about audio performance. They are also quite the fashion statement.
Beats Solo3 Wireless Review
Our take: The Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones use Apple’s W1 chip for easier connectivity with iOS devices and deliver a balanced Bluetooth audio experience for tunes with heavy bass. However, these feel a bit expensive if you’re just looking for some extra bump in your bass.