Several headphone makers are rushing to come out with Lightning headphones for the iPhone 7. These new Lightning connector headphones offer the possibility of better sound quality (because the Lightning port is able to carry more data than the old headphone jack) and also a slimmer profile. Not every pair of Lightning headphones offers an in-line controller like the original Apple earbuds do, allowing you to play/pause and adjust volume up or down. But here are some of the best new Lightning headphones and earbuds with volume controllers and remotes that we’ve been able to find:
Brightech – Apple MFi Approved Pure Lightning Headphones for iPhone 7
These stylish iPhone Lightning connector headphones offer a polished black body with red trim and great sound quality for the money. They are capable of playing 24-bit audio by virtue of their 8-pin Lightning connector, and they also feature an in-line remote which allows you to play and pause your music, plus adjust the volume up or down, just like the original iPhone earbuds do. If you press the center button twice in quick succession you can skip to the next track as well. These lightning headphones come with a nearly 4 foot long cable and a 3 year warranty.
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Omars Apple MFI Approved Pure Lightning Earphones
These red and black Lightning earbuds come with a unique thin cable that won’t get tangled as easily as traditional round headphone cables do. The Omars brand Lightining earbuds offer 24-bit digital audio reproduction and a built in remote near the center of the cable, allowing you to play/pause your music, adjust the volume, skip to the next track, or activate Siri without pulling your phone out of your pocket. The Lightning cable included with these headphones is almost 4 feet long.
Hoco Apple MFI Approved Lightning Earphones
These black and silver earphones work with Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad devices and feature an 8-pin Lightning connector. (They’re also available in a white and silver model if you don’t care for the black look.) Like the other Lightning headphones and Lightning earbuds in this article, these feature a remote control along the cable to play or pause your music, plus adjust volume. The headphone cable is a unique semi-flat cable which is slightly rounded and slightly flat, a cross between traditional round headphone cables and flat tangle-resistant cables.
Best Replacement iPhone Lightning Cable Earbuds & Headphones
What are the Best Lightning Cable Headphones?
What are the Best Lightning Earbuds & Lightning Earphones?
It’s easy to lose the Apple Lightning cable earbuds that come with your iPhone 7, but fear not: there are plenty of Lightning cable replacement earbuds and headphones available today. Here is a rundown of some of the best replacement lightning cable earbuds & headphones on the market:
Shark Lightning Headphones Tear Resistant Cable with Volume Control Apple MFi Certified for use with iPhone, iPads, iPods
Not every pair of lightning earbuds offers a volume control like the original Apple earbuds, but these do. They’re also a distinctive blue color which makes them stand out from the original manufacturer headphones that come with your iPhone. These also have soft earbuds for noise isolation, which means you may find them more comfortable than other earbuds and they may sound better in loud environments. Works with iPhones, iPads & iPods.
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Brightech Pure Lightning Earphones
Brightech offers a generally well reviewed pair of Lightning connector earbuds in a sporty green color. They plug directly into the Lightning port on your iPhone, iPad or iPod and offer great sound and noise canceling technology. They also offer a play/pause and volume adjustment control midway through the cable, just like the original Apple iPhone headphones do.
JBL Reflect Aware Lightning Earphones
JBL also offers a pricier earphone/earbud option with an Apple Lightning connector: the noise canceling Reflect Aware Lightning Earphones, which also include a remote along the Lightning cord. The Reflect Aware is available in blue, black, teal, and red, and is only available for pre-order on their website with availability starting in May 2016.
Frequently asked questions about Lightning cable headphones
Will these work with any iPhone or iPad?
Yes, these will work with any iPhone or iPad new enough to have a Lightning port. It doesn’t matter if your iPhone or iPad also has a legacy 1/8th inch headphone jack– these will work as headphones regardless.
What are the advantages of Lightning cable headphones vs regular headphones with a 1/8th inch jack?
Lightning cable headphones allow for devices to be built thinner, and they also can provide advanced noise canceling technology and better waterproofing. Read more about the pros & cons of Lightning cable headphones here.
Can I get larger over ear headphones with a Lightning cable, or am I stuck with earbuds?
It’s not just lightning earbuds; can get lightning cable over ear headphones too.