Your next iPhone might not come with any headphones
What you need to know
- Your next iPhone might not have any EarPods inside the box.
- That's according to famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
- Kuo states that this would help Apple to drive sales of its AirPods.
Insight from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that Apple may be planning to ditch its wired EarPods in the upcoming iPhone 12, pushing customers to purchase AirPods instead.
According to a report from MacRumors:
As the report notes, every Apple iPhone since the beginning, back in 2007, has included a free pair of wired headphones in the box. First with a 3.5mm jack, and later with a Lightning connector. According to Kuo's latest research note, however, that might all be about to change:
According to the report, Kuo also expects AirPods shipments to increase in the second half of the year as Apple looks to offload its AirPods inventory, perhaps even hosting a special AirPods promotion towards the end of 2020. The report states:
The move to eschew EarPods from its iPhone box could prove controversial but also makes some sense. As noted, Apple is keen to push more and more customers to its AirPods. Whilst more expensive, the trend of wired to wireless in this field will only move forward, not back. It could also potentially have an environmental impact, helping Apple to reduce the size of its iPhone boxes. Whilst the space saved in one iPhone package might seem negligible, when factored by the colossal amount of iPhones Apple ships each year, it could add to up to a substantial saving in shipping costs and carbon emissions. Not to mention, Apple would also save in not producing the EarPods for iPhone packages.
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design.
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That would make sense if the phone was to be portless with wireless charge only but Apple has yet to introduce its own wireless charger
I've never used the included EarPods before so this doesn't necessarily bother me. They were a small bonus when I could sell the phone and say that all of the accessories were brand new.
I find them good for phone calls, it's easier to hear people through them especially in noisy environments, and sometimes the iPhone's earpiece speaker gets clogged with dust or fluff so it's difficult to hear through it
They still sell wired Earpods, so you wouldn't need to buy AirPods. Lots of aftermarket options too. Most of my Earpods still are wrapped in the little plastic sleeve they came in anyway.