Claimed iPhone 12 Box Insert Design Suggests No Included EarPods or Power Adapter

Starting with the iPhone 12 later this year, Apple has been rumored to be omitting the EarPods and power adapter that have traditionally been included in the box, an effort that would save Apple money, reduce e-waste, and cut down on packaging size as Apple would rely on most users already having their own earphones and a plethora of power adapters.

iphone 12 box insert render
Ran Avni of popular iPhone 3D concept channel ConceptsiPhone has shared a new rendering from a "really reliable source" that is claimed to be a box insert for the ‌iPhone 12‌.

The insert exhibits a very thin profile with a circular area that would be for a USB-C to Lightning cable and a square area that could be for paperwork and the traditional stickers that come with Apple products, as it looks too thin to house EarPods. A thin depression around the entire insert is likely where the ‌iPhone‌ itself would sit.

Apple typically makes nearly its entire product packaging out of recycled paper products, with the ‌iPhone‌ box inserts firmly glued into the outer retail boxes. The rendering of this insert looks more like plastic, which would be unusual in a modern Apple retail box, but it could simply be due to the rendering process not accurately representing the molded paper products.

We're a little skeptical of the veracity of this for now, but if true, it would be a strong piece of evidence that Apple is indeed planning to not include EarPods or a power adapter with the ‌iPhone 12‌ and demonstrates how much thinner the overall ‌iPhone‌ box could be without those items included.

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Top Rated Comments

Wiesenlooser Avatar
10 months ago
That's great - nickel and dime you for a $1000 phone.

And before fanboys complain about this being an eco-friendly move: Why don't they first design cables and headphones that last longer than a couple of months (and don't say they last for me - search it, it is a well known problem that both the earpods as well as charging cables keep breaking)
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rogifan Avatar
10 months ago
So the cable is going to be USB-C even though most of the extra adapters supposedly cluttering up people’s drawers are most likely the 5W USB-A adapters?
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
julesme Avatar
10 months ago
Sure, there are too many unused 5W adapters in my home; they are slow and worthless for iPad charging...but does anyone really have "too many" fast charging, 12/18 watt adapters?
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
R3k Avatar
10 months ago
So the new iPhone has just one absolutely huge lense?
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleFan91 Avatar
10 months ago
“an effort that would save Apple money, reduce e-waste, and cut down on packaging size as Apple would rely on most users already having their own earphones and a plethora of power adapters.”

Sure, but who has a plethora of USB-C chargers? I struggle to see how this is anything other that cost for Apple...

like don’t get me wrong, I’m going to get the 12 Pro or whatever it’s called, but let’s call a spade a spade?
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
PutTheFBackIn Avatar
10 months ago
This is definitely one of those “Let’s see how much they’ll bend over and still pay us” moments for Apple.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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