A representation of what is said to be the box insert for the “iPhone 12” shows a noticeable lack of space for a charger or EarPods.
Rumors and speculation about the 2020 generation of iPhones have related in recent weeks to items that may or may not have been included alongside smartphones. Claims have been made that Apple is dropping EarPods and power adapters for the next series of releases, leaving the new iPhone owner with just the device and a few peripherals.
In a rendered image provided by Ran Avni to AppleInsider and allegedly obtained from a “trusted source”, the package insert that can be used for the “iPhone 12” suggests that there will be a lack of important elements. The insert is just below the iPhone itself and usually contains some key elements and has cavities to match the items, but the version shown offers little capacity for items in general.
Two cavities are shown, consisting of a shallow square element and a circular section, the former probably used for documentation or stickers of Apple issues, while the latter may contain the usual Lightning cable. None of the sections are deep enough to hold substantial electronics, such as a charger or earphone.
While the step of removing the charger and EarPods from the package will help lower the total cost of the purchase for customers and save Apple money, it can also make the overall packaging for the iPhone smaller.
EarPods removal was predicted by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in May to boost sales of AirPods, which may be appropriate for some form of promotion. As for the charger, users are expected to use their existing collection of USB power accessories, although they may also relocate to purchase a new 20-watt USB-C charger that is reportedly close to shipping.
Despite the rumors, it remains to be seen whether Apple will make such a big change in the way it packs its products.