There have been rumors in the past few months that Apple’s 2020 new iPhone 12 will not come with EarPods headsets and power adapters, thereby offsetting the increased production costs due to the introduction of 5G components.
As early as May of this year, well-known analyst Guo Mingchi made such a prediction. Currently, market research company TrendForce also reported that Apple has decided not to provide these two accessories for the iPhone 12 in 2020.
According to TrendForce's report, the move is to "cut costs and stabilize retail prices." Since iPhone 12 supports 5G and some models support millimeter wave networks, the material cost of iPhone 12 is likely to be higher than previous models.
TrendForce pointed out that not providing these two accessories by default will "help Apple's sales." Guo Mingchi also believed that canceling the provision of EarPods could promote the sales of AirPods wireless headsets.
In July of this year, a rendering of the packaging box allegedly for the iPhone 12 came out, showing that there was no room for the power adapter and EarPods in the packaging box. The new packaging box also looks slimmer and more environmentally friendly.
Apple is still investigating how users can use the power adapters previously equipped with iPhones. If the iPhone 12 does not provide a charger, then Apple is likely to expect users to use the previous charger.
However, there are also conflicting news circulating. It was reported in June this year that the iPhone 12 will be equipped with a new 20-watt USB-C charger. This charger has also been certified in some countries.