Leaker: Future iPhone Models to Come in 'Exquisite' Thinner Box

Leaker L0vetodream this morning posted a tweet corroborating recent rumors that Apple's "iPhone 12" lineup won't come with EarPods or a charger in the box, adding that this will also eventually apply to the existing second-generation iPhone SE.

Barclays iP12 remove charger earpods
L0vetodream also claims that future iPhone packaging will be "thinner" and "exquisite," which would make sense if Apple's handsets are set to come in lieu of a bulky power adapter and EarPods case. Apple is already renowned for its svelte, economical packaging, and slimming down its ‌iPhone‌ boxes would cut down on waste and shipping costs.

The lack of a charger and EarPods lines up with predictions made by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and analysts at Barclays last week. Apple is expected to release a separate new 20W power adapter as an optional accessory for iPhones and end production of its existing 5W and 18W power adapters later this year.


The form factor of the new 20W power adapter is said to be similar to the 18W version, with USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging. Kuo also expects that Apple will stop including a 5W power adapter with the current second-generation ‌iPhone SE‌ later this year.

Barclays still expects Apple to include a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box as the only accessory included with the "‌iPhone 12‌," which is expected to come in four models: One new 5.4-inch device, two 6.1-inch models, and one 6.7-inch handset.

Rumors suggest the 6.7-inch ‌‌iPhone‌‌ and one 6.1-inch model will be higher-end OLED devices with triple-lens cameras, while the 5.4 and 6.1-inch models will be lower-end iPhones with dual-lens cameras and a more affordable price tag.

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Top Rated Comments

dapa0s Avatar
21 months ago
I really hope they don't go for the words "exquisite thinner box" when they're announcing it on stage.
Score: 42 Votes (Like | Disagree)
itsmilo Avatar
21 months ago
they will probably proudly announce that the iPhone will come with the "incredible new technology 5G" while keeping the same price*

*ignoring the fact that it will come without charger or earphones, saving them some extra bugs, probably even on distrubtion

As an alternative they will present some pretty charts showing how many people have already a lot of chargers at home and that Apple does it's best to be environmental, by giving customers, who still need one, the opportunity, to purchase the incredible new charger individually at only "xy dollars"
Score: 24 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Forti Avatar
21 months ago
It's hard for me to belive it.

I have and iPhone 7, so I have power brick.. but 5W. So with new iPhone I have to either buy one 18/20W from apple or one from third party company.

This. is. just. stupic. lol
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tann Avatar
21 months ago
I think the right way to do this properly is to offer either a discount on a charger within say x weeks of buying a new phone, or straight up offering chargers for a very low price. So it's not as big a slap as you first think.

It just hurts those moving to Apple for the first time, when they are the people you want to deliver the "wow" to!
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
foobarbaz Avatar
21 months ago
I'm all for avoiding extra junk. I have like three unused Lightning earpods, and nobody wants them because everybody has AirPods and they don'tt work with other devices.

But there's always someone who'll need a charger and charging extra (no pun intended) makes Apple look cheap.

The best solution would be to include a coupon to pick either a free charger or like 5$ App Store credit. Of course that doesn't sound like Apple. ;) But it would reduce waste a lot. Plenty people have enough chargers.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Abazigal Avatar
21 months ago
Would be ironic if the cost savings from removing the accessories went to cover the costs of redesigning the packaging.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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