With all of Apple's latest iPhones you can't plug your standard wired headphones into the phone without using a Lightning adapter, which Apple includes along with a set of Lightning EarPods.
Now that the headphone jack is gone, however, many iPhone users are looking to cut the cord and go wireless. With that in mind here's a look at a bunch of top wireless Bluetooth headphones that you can pair to your new iPhone X -- and every other Bluetooth-enabled audio device.
Editors' note: We'll be updating this roundup as we review more Bluetooth headphones, as they come out. Latest update Jan. 31. First published July 2016.
Apple's totally wireless AirPods may look a little strange, but they're designed to automatically pair with the Apple devices running iOS 10 or later, WatchOS 3 or later or MacOS Sierra or later. They're Bluetooth headphones that also work with Android devices, but Apple devices get access to special features. Despite a few quirks, they've impressed us -- and a lot of other people.
Remove the cord from Bose's popular and highly rated SoundSport Wireless earphones and you're left with SoundSport Free, the company's new totally wireless earphones that costs $250. Initially only available in the US, they'll come to other markets in 2018. (The US price converts to about £175 or AU$310.)
Yes, that price is $90 more expensive than Apple's AirPods, which have dominated the totally wireless headphone market (and wireless headphone market overall). But the SoundSport Free are true sports headphones and -- despite the higher price -- are a compelling alternative to the AirPods, particularly for fans of Bose's StayHear+ Sport tips.
Sony's earlier MDR-1000X is one of our favorite noise-canceling wireless headphones, and this is the new enhanced version of it, the WH-1000XM2. Priced at $350 (£330, AU$499), it looks very similar to the original and also comes in beige or black, but the finish is slightly different. Sony reduced the number of buttons to help simplify things.
Bose's QuietComfort 35 II ($350, £330, AU$500) wireless noise-canceling headphone looks, sounds and performs just like the original except for one key feature: There's a new "Action" button on the left ear cup that allows you to connect to your Google Assistant without having to touch your phone.
Beats' third-generation Studio headphone looks the same on the outside but has been completely revamped on the inside with improved adaptive noise-canceling, sound and battery life, thanks to Apple's W1 chip.
Jabra's third-generation totally wireless earphones are among the top models in their category. They not only fit better than the previous Elite but they have better battery life and will soon add Alexa voice assistant support.
Bowers & Wilkins has made a few different wireless headphones, but the PX is the company's first headphone to feature both Bluetooth and noise canceling -- and it's actually the company's first noise-canceling headphone of any kind.
Available in two color options, space gray and soft gold, the PX has that sleek, sophisticated design that Bowers & Wilkins headphones are known for, with some metal parts and ballistic nylon on its ear cups. It costs $400, £330 or AU$549.
The UA Sport Wireless Flex has a built-in LED on the headband, a safety feature for nighttime runners (and walkers). It also sounds good and is comfortable to wear. Our only gripe is that it should probably cost a little less.
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The AfterShokz Trekz Air is a slimmed down bone-conduction headphone that offers improved sound and is very comfortable to wear, leaving your ears open to hear the outside world. It also works well as a headset for making phone calls and comes with a nice carrying pouch.
Sennheiser's PXC 550 Wireless is a worthy competitor to Bose's QuietComfort 35. Like that model, it's very comfortable, has impressive noise cancellation and works very well as a headset for making calls.
It's been out almost two years but the BackBeat Fit remains a top wireless sports headphone and has proven to be durable. It started out at $130, but can now be had for around $80 online in the US, £65 in the UK and AU$100 in Australia.
The Sony WF-1000X is the company's new truly wireless headphone. While it has some small drawbacks, it's one of the best sounding totally wireless headphones out there and also features active noise-cancelling.
The iFrogz Impulse Duo is lightweight, comfortable in-ear Bluetooth headphone that's sweat resistant and delivers good sound for its relatively modest price point. It has a nifty magnetic clip system on the inline remote and is rated for 10 hours of battery at moderate volumes.
The feature-packed Parrot Zik 3 improves on the company's earlier Zik 2 and offers both Bluetooth streaming and active noise cancellation. After being on the market for a while, it's come down in price.
Sennheiser's HD1 Wireless, the headphone formerly known as the Momentum Wireless, is one of the top sounding wireless Bluetooth headphones. It also features active noise canceling, though it's not up to the level of Bose's noise canceling. This headphone started out at $500 or £380, but has come down in price somewhat (it's about AU$600 in Australia right now).
With the X3, Jaybird fixed some of the small issues that bothered owners of the X2. A slightly smaller design and better battery have made this one of the top Bluetooth sports headphones. Jaybird sometimes discounts it 25 percent, which makes it an even better value.
If you can live without the QuietComfort 35's active noise cancellation, Bose's SoundLink Around-Ear Wireless Headphones II are a very comfortable full-size headphone with very good sound quality for Bluetooth.
Thanks to being updated with Apple's new low-energy W1 custom Bluetooth chip, Beats' Solo 3 Wireless has much better battery life than its predecessor. Its impressive 40 hours of battery life is tops for a Bluetooth headphone.
Jabra's Halo Smart is a neckband-style wireless headphone that performs very well as a headset for making phone calls, has good battery life and delivers decent sound quality for music so long as you can get a tight seal from the included ear buds.
JBL's Everest Elite 750NC is a nice upgrade over its predecessor, the Everest Elite 700. It features a more streamlined design with better padded ear cups (more comfort), better sound and an overall more premium look and feel.
Sony's H.ear On Wireless NC comes in several eye-catching colors and features wireless Bluetooth streaming, as well as active noise cancellation. It's not quite as impressive as Sony's WH-1000XM2, which costs $50 more, but it does deliver excellent performance for Bluetooth.
Bowers & Wilkins' P7 Wireless, one of the swankier full-size Bluetooth headphones available, is made out of premium materials and delivers very good sound. The newer PX, which adds noise canceling, is now available, and with its arrival the P7 has dropped in price slightly.
We're fans of Bowers & Wilkins wired P5 (now on its second generation) and the P5 Wireless is a very good on-ear wireless headphone. Now that Bowers & Wilkins has released its newer PX wireless headphone, this one can be had at a good discount.
Beats' Powerbeats Wireless 3 improves slightly on the design of the popular Powerbeats 2 Wireless sports headphone and adds Apple's energy-efficient W1 custom Bluetooth chip, which makes connecting the headphones very easy (for Apple users) and significantly boosts battery life.