The iPhone 12 could be delivered with the bare minimum: a telephone, a cable, a pretty fine box… and that’s about it. Ming-Chi Kuo puts back on the rumor that Apple no longer provides EarPods with its smartphones: the analyst at TF Securities had already said last month. In a new note, he follows in the footsteps of Barclays who announced that the AC adapter would no longer be part of the party (read: The iPhone 12 delivered without headphones … or AC adapter?).
According to Kuo, removing the headphones and the mains charger would allow Apple to position the iPhone 12 in the same price zone as the iPhone 11. This would be a way of offsetting the additional costs linked to the integration of 5G. Incidentally, the packaging of new smartphones would gain in compactness, synonymous with lower transport costs. The analyst does not say if Apple will also remove the Lightning cable from the box.
The 20-watt AC adapter that recently leaked is authentic, according to Kuo. But it will be sold separately. Apple would get rid of the other current 5 and 18 watt chargers in favor of this new unique model, while the 12 watt variant would remain in the catalog for 9 to 12 months. The 10.8-inch iPad (to be released by the end of the year) and 8.5-inch iPad (first half of 2021) would continue to come with power adapters.
Again, we will see how Apple will manage the French case, since the legislation impose to provide a ” accessory limiting the exposure of the head to radioelectric emissions during communications “, So headphones or headphones.