To listen to music on any iPhone since the age-old iPhone 7, you either need a pair of wireless Bluetooth headphones, a 3.5mm to Lightning converter (no longer included in the box for 2018 and later iPhones) or a pair of wired headphones that will connect to the Lightning port.
So, why choose Lightning headphones? Lightning headphones do have a special quality; they’re capable of receiving lossless stereo 48kHz digital audio output from Apple devices and sending mono 48kHz digital audio input. They can also draw power from an Apple device (even if the device is asleep).
Apple’s Lightning port can also support headphones with integrated digital-to-analogue converters (DACs) and amplifiers, so audio travelling through the Lightning port will pass into the headphones digitally, thus avoiding typical analogue signal interferences you get with other headphones. That means, from a personal headphones point-of-view, it’s the way to get the highest quality audio delivered from your iPhone.
Built out of high quality TPE (Thermoplastic elastomers) material, these earphones feature an ergonomic design that looks elegant look and offers a comfortable fit. The angled in-ear ensures the earbuds stay inside the ear and provide isolation against the ambient noise. You can also adjust the level of noise cancellation using the in-line controls.
Speaking of, the same doubles up and can be used to adjust volume, pause/skip tracks, and activate Siri, as well. As for the sound, the earphones have a slightly bass-forward sound signature, which is the right amount of warmth you need without hampering clarity and other tones in the frequency range.