Apple May Delay its iPhone 12 Announcements Even Further

Ruben Fields
May 22, 2020

Apple's next iPhone may no longer come with a pair of the company's iconic, white-wired earphones, according to a top tech analyst.

On his Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) site, Young details "fixes and confirmations" about what we can expect from Apple's upcoming iPhone 2020 lineup, which will consist of four new smartphones.

Last month, there were reports that Apple delayed increasing production of new phones as a coronavirus pandemic weakened global consumer demand and threw its wrench manufacturing operations in Asia.

Some sources have instructed that Apple may provide some kind of iPhone and AirPod bundle sooner or later.

Apple previously included a Lightning 3.5mm connector in the adapter box when it got rid of the headphone connector, but stopped releasing it for free when it released the iPhone XS series in 2018.

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Fortunately they included their own EarPods which use a lightning connection, so iPhone users could still listen to audio even if not with their old cans. This, says Kuo, is because the company will try and boost AirPods sales over the holiday season this year.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo today reported that Apple will not include Earpods (Apple's wired earphones) in the iPhone 12 box. The basic AirPods cost $160 at the moment, or up to $250 if you want the AirPods Pro with active noise cancellation.

If true, this might be the beginning of the end for EarPods, which launched in 2012. AirPods have been one of Apple's most successful products. Several other manufacturers, including rival Samsung, often bundle wireless headphones as part of a new device pre-order package to encourage early sales, although this would not be in keeping with Apple's style.

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, talked about the company's move toward wireless when unveiling the original AirPods in 2016. Apple said a little more than a year ago in April 2019 that its wearables category alone is the size of a Fortune 200 company. The base model iPhone 12 will come with two rear cameras and will feature a 5.1-inch OLED display.

There will be two "pro" iPhone 12 models as well.

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