It’s becoming increasingly clear that all of the accessories that used to come with iPhones of the past won’t come with the iPhone 12. First we heard Apple’s wired EarPods were out, and then we received reports from multiple analysts saying the charging brick would suffer the same fate.
If there was even a shadow of doubt in your mind regarding this, a leaker on Twitter named @L0vetodream has tweeted, also pointing towards the claim that Apple’s upcoming iPhones will lack those goodies as well. And they’re saying the packaging is going to look a bit different because of it, becoming “thinner” and more “exquisite.” (Because that’s what really matters according to their “philosophy”)
If Apple’s going to these lengths to trim costs and cut waste on its “next-generation” iPhones, it stands to reason the company would make the box smaller to match. The leaker adds that this new approach would extend “even to the SE 2” hinting that the second-generation iPhone SE which launched in April might lose its EarPods and charger. That could also be a hint regarding the iPhone SE Plus that’s been long-rumored.
Interestingly, Apple is reported to be working on a new 20-watt fast-charging adapter to replace the existing 18-watt one that ships with the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max, but these chargers most likely won’t come with any device and will have to be purchased separately. At the minimum buyers should still theoretically be provided with a Lightning-to-USB-C cable for their troubles.
The philosophy behind scrapping packed-in chargers is that enough prospective iPhone buyers already have a drawer full of them and don’t need more. However, the top-end iPhone 12 Pro models will likely cost well over a $1,000, and neglecting to include an adapter at such a price-point seems a bit unfair for what you’d pay.
What’s more? The priciest iPhone 12 models may have larger batteries that will take especially long to charge with the minuscule 5-watt brick Apple shipped with every one of its handsets up until last year. And so, even if you do have a bunch of old iPhone chargers lying around, they might not deliver the best charging experience