Yet another report. A new rumor that Heralds the demise of EarPods and iPhone 12 power adapter (no cable). This time, Taiwanese business intelligence firm TrendForce (via MacRumors) brings the news. The iPhone this year will arrive with the minimum to compensate for the arrival of 5G on this generation of iPhone.
Significantly higher costs for 5G
Apple will begin mass production of the four new models in the iPhone 12 series (tentative name), which are equipped with 5G capabilities, thus increasing its quarterly production of smartphones. The nomenclature of the iPhone 12 models are significantly higher compared to the previous series due to the 5G.
Exactly a week ago, Ming-Chi Kuo said something similar about the iPhone 12’s 5G. Specifically, it would come at an additional cost. between $ 75 and $ 125 per unit. This technology, which is starting to be deployed more widely, is not cheap at all. If we look at models like the OnePlus 8 or the Samsung Galaxy S20, they cost 909 euros starting price each, with 5G connectivity. authentic (There are many cheaper mmWave models out there but not 5G).
To cut costs and stabilize the retail price, Apple has decided to sell the next iPhones without accessories such as wired headphones, power adapter, etc. This decision should help sales performance.
The EarPods with Lightning connector found in the box are priced at 29 euros; the 18W power adapter costs 35 euros; and the one meter USB-C to Lightning cable costs 25 euros. In all add up to 89 euros (64 euros not including the cable), although we are talking about the selling price and not the cost of manufacture, so we are talking about a lower saving.
Different analysts and reports point to the simplification of the iPhone 12 box, which would only include the terminal and a Lightning cable
In previous rumors, only the wall adapter and headphones are mentioned as candidates for the demise of the iPhone box. The Lightning cable would stay inside because it is a more “consumable” component than the other two. In other words, the cable in use can deteriorate and the renewal of an iPhone is a good time to propose the replacement.
What reasons could lead Apple to do without headphones and the adapter
We need to make it clear that we are facing unofficial reports and rumors. Until we saw the iPhone 12 and what do they bring in the box, we will not know if they are true. Either way, there’s a powerful reason to take them out of the box: simplicity. All arguments are derived from or arrive from this point:
- New iPhones are increasingly sold to users who renew from a previous iPhone. This means that they should already have headphones and an AC adapter available and working, as their wear and tear is not noticeable.
- The wireless charging, present since the iPhone in 2017, is an alternative to cable. Although its adoption is low compared to the traditional mode.
- An equally small but rapidly growing number are users who are opting for wireless headphones and, more specifically, AirPods of different models. A trend that will increase and make EarPods unnecessary.
- A box with fewer accessories will be smaller and more compact, which will significantly reduce the costs of storage and logistics. Less weight and less bulk allow you to store more boxes in the same space.
- Fewer non-“consumable” components will reduce technological waste. A point that Apple would certainly mention in a keynote.
The arrival of 5G and the increase in its components make it the perfect time to coincide with the removal of the headphones and adapter, partially offsetting its cost.
The passage of the years and the renewal of an iPhone for another model of the apple are over make the AC adapter and headphones redundant. To do without them is the logical path. A conclusion that manufacturers like Samsung have also come to, who have eliminated the headphones from their Galaxy Note 20 in some countries. And a few weeks ago, there were rumors that the wall charger was missing.
Apple integration, the audio jack and the limits of monopoly
Everything indicates that Apple will make the decision to do without both the headset and the power adapter, keeping the Lightning cable. If this rumor continues, Apple would not be the first manufacturer to do so, but yes the one who does it the most abruptly when transferred to all its models from the end of 2020. A situation that reminds us when the audio jack disappeared in 2016 from the iPhone 7 and which finally went unnoticed by the average consumer after the initial media noise.