Apple may not include EarPods or a charging brick with the “iPhone 12” model in 2020 due to increased production costs due to new 5G components.
Rumors of luggage changes have been circulating for months now. Back in May, analyst Ming-Chi Ku said that the “iPhone 12” would not come with headphones, and similar predictions have been made for charging adapters.
Now, Taiwan-based research firm Trendforce reports that Apple “fixed” its “iPhone 12” model in 2020 to ship without those accessories.
according to this TrendForceThe move is an attempt to “cut costs and stabilize the retail price”. Due to the addition of 5G support – including mmWave in some models – the bill of materials for the “iPhone 12” is likely to be significantly higher than the previous model.
The research firm says the shortage of goods is expected to “help with sales performance”. Ku has previously claimed that Apple AirPods sales could increase due to the lack of EarPods.
In July, Appleinsider A render of an alleged box insert was provided for the “iPhone 12 model”, indicating a charging brick or lack of space for earpods. Packaging can also typically suggest slimmer – and more environmentally conscious – iPhone boxes.
Apple is also surveying some users about what they did with AC charging adapters with previous iPhones. Without a USB adapter in the box, Apple is likely expecting users to rely on chargers that they already have.
However, there are some conflicting rumors. In June, a leak claimed that the “iPhone 12” would ship with a new 20W USB-C charging adapter. That adapter has also received certification in some countries.