The next iPhone could be released in as little as three months time if Apple keeps to its regular September launch plans. But this time around, the offering may be a little scarce if internet rumours are to be believed.
According to analyst notes obtained by Apple-focused site MacRumours, the upcoming iPhone 12 may dispense with bundling headphones and a charging adapter in the box.
It would mean the phone would only ship with a single cable – which is likely to be Apple’s proprietary Lightning connection to USB.
‘In a research note obtained by MacRumors, the Barclays analysts said that iPhone 12 models will not come with EarPods in the box, in line with a prediction shared by Ming-Chi Kuo last month,’ the site reported. ‘Oddly enough, the analysts also heard that iPhone 12 models might not ship with a power adapter of any kind, leaving only a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box.’
We have to stress that this is nothing more than a rumour at this point and could turn out to be entirely inaccurate. But getting rid of the extras would be an interesting play from Apple.
The company could reasonably save money by stripping down the amount of components it ships out while at the same time being a bit more environmentally friendly through cutting down on potential e-waste.
Apple sells tens of millions of iPhones each year so may reasonably expect customers to already have charging adapters and headphones aplenty. And, for anyone that doesn’t – it’s extra revenue if they have to go back to Apple to buy them.
However, on the flip side, it could be seen as a massive inconvenience by many customers. Especially if they’ve worn out, lost or thrown away old headphones and power adapters.
Just to make things a little murkier, a Twitter user named Mr. White recently posted a picture of a 20W USB-C power adapter that will allegedly ship with the iPhone 12.
20W USB-C PD Power Adapter pic.twitter.com/1x74UStqyu— Mr·white (@laobaiTD) June 24, 2020
This not only contradicts the analyst notes acquired by MacRumours but also suggests Apple could move up from the 5W charger currently supplied with iPhones to the 20W charger that ships with the iPad Pro.
Whatever the case with the box contents, it’s still unclear what effects the coronavirus pandemic may have on Apple’s upcoming iPhone plans. Some internet whisperings suggest the production is four to six weeks behind schedule because of the global lockdown restrictions.
Other rumours around the device include the fact Apple will produce four versions this year. These include the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Max, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. Screen sizes are predicted to be 5.4-inches, 6.1-inches, 6.1-inches and 6.7-inches respectively.
Arguably, the most important update iPhone users will be looking for is the introduction of 5G capability. More and more areas of the country are receiving 5G signals now but not all phones are able to make use of them.
Anyone wanting a new phone that’s going to last them the next several years will want to think carefully about whether or not having 5G on board is important to them.
Of course, if the upcoming iPhone models aren’t of interest, there’s always the excellent new iPhone SE that offers great performance at a fraction of the price of a ‘Pro’ model.