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.
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.