When Apple decided to remove the headphone jack from its iPhone, the internet ran ablaze with the fact that, going forward, users would need to buy a wireless headset or a Lightning adapter to use their favourite set of earphones, headphones, or speakers with their device. Fast forward to 2020, and it seems like the Cupertino giant may be about to repeat the exercise in a manner few would expect; this time, the company may instead opt to ship its 2020 iPhones without a charging adapter in the box.
While it remains unclear as to whether Apple will actually ship charging peripherals at all – meaning that buyers may only get a USB Type-C charging cable at most – acclaimed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the Cupertino firm is likely to cease shipping its handsets along with charging adapters to offset the cost of equipping its phones with 5G modems.
Though that might sound like an admittedly ‘cheap’ reaction from a brand built on premium hardware, there’s an environmental aspect, too. Apple’s reasoning (and correctly so) is that upgrading phone users are likely to retain their adapters from previous devices; meaning that the firm may opt to reduce wastage by electing to ship products without one included.
Naturally, there’s also the fact that Apple will likely continue selling its adapters as an accessory in any case – meaning users will fork out slightly more for a totally new handset with accompanying peripherals.
For years now, we’ve heard rumours that Apple intends for its iPhones to become completely portless and use a more advanced means of wireless charging compared to the Qi standard we’ve become familiar with – meaning that this move might be one to solidify future plans and (indirectly) encourage consumers to opt for wireless charging pads.
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