Wednesday, 20 January, 2021

This year's iPhones might not include a charger in the box

Report iPhone 12 Won't Include a Charger or EarPods Kuo: iPhone 12 Models Won't Include Charger in Box, 20W Power Adapter to Launch as Optional Accessory
Cecil Davis | 29 June, 2020, 16:26

A Lightning cable will be included, but by trimming larger accessories it allows Apple to create a smaller package size, thereby making for a better more environmentally friendly solution.

While the iPhone 11 Pro comes with an 18-watt USB-C power adapter, it appears the iPhone 12 will use a new 20-watt USB-C adapter that will not come bundled with the handset but instead be an optional extra.

Analysts have said that Apple may stop providing free earbuds and power adapters with its new smartphones. Plus, it reduces Apple's costs, of course.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has this weekend confirmed that he expects the iPhone 12 to ship without a charger in the box, as well as EarPods.

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If we assume that Kuo's note is accurate, Apple's decision here is a bit peculiar, to say the least.

Apple introduced the 18W charger just previous year for the iPhone 11 line, but it was only included in the box for the iPhone 11 Pro models.

He goes on to point out that if iPhone 12 users are new to the ecosystem or need to buy those accessories for whatever reason, it would cost them a little over $63 - effectively cancelling any savings it might have otherwise offered over the iPhone 11. In fact, Apple may even release a 4G-only version for $549. Let's see how Apple tries to justify this change. The iPhone maker is expected to launch four new iPhones under the iPhone 12 series in September which would include two premium variants. And with the coronavirus seemingly back on the rise in California, it wouldn't be surprising to see Apple announce the device at a virtual event, similar to how it delivered last week's WWDC keynote. When not writing about and analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions, the most recent examples being The Walking Dead and Broad City.