If you snag an iPhone 12 at launch, don’t be surprised by the barebones packaging. According to industry insider and well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the company may be shipping the iPhone 12 without a power adapter.
An earlier rumor hinted that Apple might be ditching the earbuds and leaving only the phone and a charging cable in the box. This removal will start with the iPhone 12 this fall and may extend to the iPhone SE later this year.
According to Kuo’s sources, Apple may be removing the power adapter from the iPhone 12 both to expedite shipping and as a cost-cutting measure.
By removing the accessories, Apple can ship the iPhone 12 in a smaller box. A smaller box then allows the company to send more units at once. The end result of this boost in shipping capacity is an increased supply of iPhones and potentially more phones in the hands of eager customers at launch.
This strategy undoubtedly will save Apple money on manufacturing and shipping. It also may drive up sales of its accessories as people choose to buy replacements for these missing add-ons. With no default earbuds, customers may grab a pair of Apple’s AirPods or some headphones from the even more expensive Beats audio brand.
And it’s not just audio, iPhone owners also may shell out some cash for a power adapter that enables the phone’s fast charging feature. With the 18W or larger USB-C adapter, an iPhone can reach 50% battery capacity in 30 minutes. For folks on the go, this fast charging feature is a lifesaver and absolutely worth the extra money for a charger.
Apple reportedly is phasing out its low-power 5W and its current 18W charging adapters replacing them in its accessory lineup with a 20W model.
This 20W adapter allegedly will ship with the rumored 10.8-inch iPad and the 8.5-inch iPad mini. As the 20W adapter becomes the default charging block, Apple supposedly will stop producing the 12W adapter it currently ships with its iPad models as well. This wind-down is expected to happen within the next 9 to 12-months.