Tuesday, 02 June, 2020

Apple's iPhone 12 Might Come Without EarPods

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Cecil Davis | 22 May, 2020, 16:44

The Lightning-to-3.5mm headphone adapter is already no longer included in the iPhone's box, and by dropping the EarPods in the same way, Apple is effectively pushing buyers into adopting Bluetooth headphones if they haven't already, or buying a pair of the $30 EarPods or other Lightning-connected headphones separately.

Such a move would come just before Apple is rumoured to release a totally wireless iPhone in 2021, which Kuo also predicted in a previous report.

Last month, reports emerged that Apple was delaying the production ramp-up for the new phones as the coronavirus pandemic weakened global consumer demand and threw a wrench into its manufacturing operations across Asia.

Kuo also predicts that Apple will offer some sort of AirPod promotion in the second half of the year, and upped his forecasted annual shipments to 93.8 million pairs from his original estimate of 80 to 90 million. This is in context to the wireless earphones category that Apple has created by removing the 3.5mm headphone jack for the sake of making their phones thinner. Naturally, this would drive sales for Apple AirPods.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today reported that Apple will not include Earpods (Apple's wired earphones) in the iPhone 12 box.

Fortunately they included their own EarPods which use a lightning connection, so iPhone users could still listen to audio even if not with their old cans.

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If true, this might be the beginning of the end for EarPods, which launched in 2012.

According to reports from screen analyst Ross Young, all upcoming Apple iPhones will use flexible OLEDs from Samsung, BOE and LG Display, with some new features like 10-bit color, according to a report by screen analyst Ross Young.

Apple is keen to make the future wireless. This year's iPhone is expected to come in four variants: two less expensive models and two high-end versions to succeed the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max.

This year's iPhones are expected to have OLED across the board, smaller notches for the front camera, 5G for all models, and more, with full details on what to expect available in our roundup of the iPhone 12.

All four handsets will come with a new Apple A14 Bionic processor and iOS 14, they will also come with some new cameras and the top models are expected to feature a LiDAR scanner like the new iPad Pro.