This year’s new iPhones may not have as much in the box as usual. According to well-connected analyst Ming-chi Kuo, Apple plans to stop including a power adapter and EarPods in the 2020 model packaging, and will even remove the power adapter from the packaging of the new iPhone SE by the end of the year. Kuo’s research note was reported by AppleInsider, MacRumors, is 9to5Mac.
Apple is attempting to offset the cost increases resulting from the iPhone 5G range update, according to Kuo. Smaller packaging would be greener and also reduce shipping costs, as multiple phones could fit on a single shipment. (Even encouraging an increase in AirPod sales can̵
Apple currently includes EarPods with all iPhones, a 5W USB-A adapter with 11 and SE and an 18W USB-C adapter with 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max. Last year’s inclusion of the 18W charger it came after years of widespread complaints about the 5W slow adapter, so it would be surprising to see it disappear so quickly. It is unclear, however, whether this will happen across the board of the iPhone.
Separately, Apple is said to be developing a new 20W fast charger that will flank the new iPad models. Kuo believes that a 10.8-inch iPad will arrive at some point this year, with an 8.5-inch iPad mini set for the first half of 2021. These iPads will appear with the new 20W charger, which would otherwise be available as a separate purchase for iPhone owners.