iPhone 12 could be missing two crucial parts: here's what will be ditched

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iPhone 12 could be missing two crucial parts: here's what will be ditched

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There are some very predictable upgrades that you can expect to arrive with a new iPhone each year – faster processor to speed-up your apps and games and better cameras. But Apple could introduce a curveball to the formula with its next-generation smartphone line-up, purportedly branded iPhone 12.

According to well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has an unprecedented track record when it comes to as-yet unannounced Apple hardware, the iPhone manufacturer is looking to slim down what you’ll get in the box. Ming-Chi Kuo, who passed his latest analyst note to Apple-centric blog 9To5Mac, says Apple will ditch the bundled charging plug and wired EarPod headphones from the iPhone 12 line-up.

So, if you’re looking to upgrade to the latest model when it’s announced later this year, don’t lose your headphones or charger in the next six months or so… or you’ll have to head back to the Apple Store sooner than you’d like.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is looking to save some cash as it purportedly upgrades all of its new handsets to 5G.

To do that, the Cupertino-based company will slim down the box that the iPhone 12 range will ship in. This is more eco-friendly as it uses less packaging. But it also enables the Californian firm to squeeze more iPhones into a single shipping container – making each shipment more efficient as Apple transports iPhones across the globe to arrive on store shelves worldwide.

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Apple will also save money by avoiding the need to manufacture millions of extra wall plugs and wired headphones to bundle in the box for free. Of course, leaving new iPhone 12 owners without a pair of headphones could also significantly boost Apple AirPod sales, which is likely a consequence Apple is pretty excited about as well.

So, it’s a win-win-win. Well, except for those who don’t have USB wall plugs lying around or spare pairs of wired or wireless headphones for their iPhone. If that sounds like you, it might be worth setting aside a little more money ready for your next upgrade.

While it’s possible to use the bundled Lightning port charging cable to top-up the battery on your iPhone, there could be an issue there. While the iPhone 11 ships with a charging cable with a USB-A connection, the iPhone 11 Pro series ships with a USB-C. While the latter can be plugged into your recent MacBook or Windows 10 PC to charge… the former cannot. And not only that, if the next iPhone model ships with a USB-C cable – that old iPhone wall charger found at the back of your desk drawer won’t work.

So you’ll need to head to the Apple Store anyway.

As it stands, Apple includes Lightning port-connected EarPods with every iPhone model as well as a 5W USB-A wall charger with the iPhone 11 and recently-launched iPhone SE. Those who opt for an iPhone 11 Pro or 11 Pro Max get the headphones and a faster 18W USB-C adapter.

If the report from Ming-Chi Kuo is accurate, Apple wouldn’t be the first company to use this approach. For years, Google neglected to include headphones in the box with its flagship Pixel smartphone series. However, we’ve never come across a smartphone – especially one in the same price range as the iPhone – that doesn’t ship with a wall plug.

Separately, Apple is believed to be developing a 20W fast-charging plug for an upcoming iPad model. The new tablet, which is believed to boast a 10.8-inch display, is widely expected to launch sometime this year.



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