iPhone 12 without charger? Not just a rumor
Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo is claiming that due to iPhone release later than before this year. Apple won’t have chargers or EarPods in the box. If you want to know what most tech bloggers thought of the rumor, you can head over here to see all the tweets, almost all of which amount to “that sounds like a bad thing.”
Does it really a bad thing for people who want a iPhone 12? I don’t think so.
Four reasons that Apple might have for doing this: increased margins, shipping costs, the transition to a future no-port iPhone, and the environment.
Perhaps Apple took this action entirely for selfish reasons. It charges the same fee but reduces what customers get. This also means that those without a charger will be forced to buy one, and Apple’s own charger is not the cheapest.
Kuo said that Apple will instead release a new 20W power adapter as an optional accessory for iPhones and end production of its existing 5W and 18W power adapters later this year. The form factor of the new 20W power adapter is said to be similar to the 18W version, with USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging.
Kuo believes that iPhone 12 production costs will significantly increase due to 5G support, but he expects Apple to sell the new models at a comparable price to its iPhone 11 lineup, and removing the EarPods and power adapter from the box is one way to reduce costs. Apple would likely also tout the environmental benefits of such a move.
Why don’t Apple included a power adapter?
Dropping the adapter and earbuds could serve two purposes. It would reduce the size of iPhone packaging and help lower Apple’s freight costs.
But it also helps Apple keep the price of the iPhone 12 at a similar level to that of the iPhone 11, even though the 5G network components in the iPhone 12 are more expensive.
Excluding wired earphone is Apple’s attempt to stimulate sales of wireless AirPods, starting at $159 and EarBuds at $29.
There is controversy as to why Apple should not include a power adapter and wired headset on the next iPhone. Long-term iPhone users may have several EarPods and iPhone charging bricks in the drawers at home, so it makes sense that Apple does not want to increase the overall price of the new iPhone by adding accessories that many people may already have.
One argument you could make for the removal of the free charger and earphones from the iPhone box is the environment. This ties in well with the idea that most smartphone users out there already own a slew of accessories that will fit the iPhone 12, including chargers and headphones. Apple could help cut waste by producing fewer charging bricks and EarPods.
How Apple deal with the customer’s dissatisfaction?
First, Apple can address their dissatisfaction by offering consumers a choice: a free charger with iPhone or an Apple Store gift card of equivalent value.
Second, I hope that Apple will finally make the right decision to switch the iPhone to USB-C. Apple switched its computer to USB-C, iPad Pro to USB-C, and almost all other smartphones sold today are charged via USB-C. It will reduce e-waste. This reduces the number of cables that all of us must carry and track with us. Major appearance changes (as rumored on the iPhone 12) have changed Apple a lot.
A Lightning cable would still be included?
Apple did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
It’s not the first time reports have suggested that Apple’s next iPhone won’t come with headphones. Kuo made a similar prediction back in May, but that report didn’t make any mention of Apple eliminating the power adapter too.
But doing so may further arouse people’s criticism that Apple is cannibalizing the accessories market.
According to reports, Apple also plans to completely cancel the charging port by developing a completely wireless iPhone that may be launched in 2021. Reducing the packaging of the iPhone by excluding accessories that rely on the Lightning port may be the first step in this direction.
For those who first buy Apple，how to deal with it?
Is the charger in the box the best option for you? More often than not, manufacturers don’t offer you the best option by default.
Take, for example, the iPhone 11. It’s capable of up to 18W fast-charging, but the charger you’re getting in the box is just capable of 5W charging. You’ll need to buy a third-party (or Apple’s specifically designed charger) separately to be able to make the most of that speedy feature.
If you choose to do that – and many don’t even realize that’s an option – you’re then getting a standard 5W charger in the box that you’re very unlikely to use. That – plus your existing iPhone charger – probably means you’ve got three chargers now, and you’re only going to be using one.
Perhaps Apple’s move was due to considerations such as environmental protection and lower prices. Perhaps for those who already have many Apple charging heads and headphones at home, this move will not have a big impact. But for those who buy iPhone for the first time, they need to pay more to buy additional charging heads and headphones. For people with insufficient budget, they may give up buying iPhone.
Like the iPhone 7, the iPhone 12 can be used as the basis for the future of the iPhone. Whether next year or later, Apple will tell iPhone buyers that they will not need traditional chargers and wired EarPods with iPhones. When that portless iPhone is ready for mass consumption, iPhone buyers will be ready for it. They already have all kinds of compatible accessories from wireless chargers to wireless headphones. Otherwise, they will at least know that they need to buy such products for the new iPhone.