- No iPhone model comes with AirPods – in fact, Apple doesn’t include any headphones.
- When you buy an iPhone from Apple, all you’ll receive is the phone and a charging cable.
- If you want AirPods for your iPhone, you’ll need to buy them separately.
Apple’s wireless AirPods are some of the most popular headphones in the world right now. However, they can be expensive – especially if you’re looking for the new AirPods Max, which retails at nearly $550.
With how popular AirPods are, you might think that Apple would include them with new iPhone purchases. However, while Apple does include some accessories, AirPods aren’t part of that package.
What comes with the iPhone?
As the years have passed, Apple has slowly started including less and less accessories with new iPhone purchases. They do this both to cut down on packaging waste, and to encourage consumers to buy accessories separately.
If you buy an iPhone from Apple, all you’ll receive is the iPhone, a charging cable, and (usually) a SIM card ejector pin.
No iPhone model includes AirPods. They used to include EarPods – wired headphones with the same earbud shape as AirPods – but don’t anymore. They also don’t include the charging adapter, which lets you plug your phone into an electrical outlet.
You’ll need to buy all of these items separately if you want them. And although any pair of Bluetooth headphones will work with your iPhone, if you want to use non-Apple wired headphones, you’ll likely need to buy a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter, which lets you plug a standard headphone jack into your charging port.
Altogether, the cheapest pair of AirPods ($159), a charging adapter ($19), and a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter ($9) will cost around $190, not including tax or shipping.
Dave Johnson contributed to a previous version of this article.