Apple is set to release its latest line-up of iPhones later this year. According to leaks the smartphone manufacturer will once again release a base ‘iPhone 12’ alongside a ‘Pro’ counterpart. Now, according to one insider, the base iPhone 12 will not come with a charger as part of cost-cutting measures.
This information comes via Ming-Chi Kuo, a well known and trusted analyst within the Apple community. According to Kuo (and as reported by 9to5mac), the base iPhone 12 will not come with a charging brick in order to “keep selling the iPhone 12 at a similar price to the iPhone 11”. The iPhone 12 is said to be including 5G capabilities, which adds significant cost, and so some cost-cutting was allegedly required.
Other claimed benefits include reducing plastic waste, while also reducing the size of the iPhone packaging, “helping lower Apple’s freight costs and be[ing] better for the environment.”
The iPhone 11 launched at a retail price of $699. Recent leaks and rumours have suggested that Apple is targeting a starting price of $649 for the iPhone 12 – which would offer significant savings for potential buyers upon its release.
That being said, customers who don’t already own a charging brick will then have to pay extra – bringing costs back up. Furthermore, it is currently unknown whether Apple plans to include a lighting cable in the box, or whether that would be a separate purchase too.
Bringing costs down and transferring these savings to customers is a good thing, but removing the charging brick and cable – in some people’s eyes – could be seen as a step too far.
KitGuru says: What do you think of Apple’s alleged decision to remove the charger from the box? Will it be worth it if the iPhone 12 is cheaper? What price do you want to see the iPhone 12 launch at? Let us know down below.