Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo confirmed that in May, Apple was considering dropping the included earbuds from the retail kit for the iPhone 12. Barclays analysts said the same a couple of days ago, and suggested that even the power brick could be dropped, Kuo agrees in his latest research note.
Apple will launch a USB Power Delivery 20W Charger, says Kuo, which will be sold separately. He didn’t estimate a price but the new 18W charger is worth $30. The company will avoid the existing 5W and 18W models in production.
Apple would likely position this as an environmentally friendly move that will lead to less electronic waste. And although that’s real, the analyst mentions other reasons – bringing 5 G to the latest iPhones raises their manufacturing costs, but they’ll be priced at the same price as the 2019 versions. Removing the earbuds and charger will help make margins better.
The only device that iPhone 12 models will be shipping with is a USB-C to Lightning adapter, according to the Barclays team. Coincidentally, this will solve the problems Apple faces with EU pushing for a common charger that is compatible with all phones.
The iPhone SE (2020) is currently shipping with a 5W charger but the analysts believe it will be removed from the package later this year. A 12W charger will still be included with the iPads, however.
Speaking of Apple’s tablets, the company will later this year launch a 10.8 “model, Kuo says. The present 10.2 “iPad, or 10.5” iPad Air will be a successor. There’s also a new iPad mini in the works with an 8.5 “screen, and the analyst expects it to be unveiled next year. Those iPads will be bundled with the new 20 W charger, unlike the iPhones.