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Apple could stop bundling EarPods with iPhones this year

Apple could stop bundling EarPods with iPhones this year”

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

Such a move would come just before Apple is rumoured to release a totally wireless iPhone in 2021, which Kuo also predicted in a previous report.

Keep in mind that most Android phones don't bundle a set of earphones in the first place, so Apple has always been an outlier here (although to be fair, most Android smartphones also still include a 3.5mm headphone jack).

With four reported iPhone 12 models on tap ranging from 5.4 inches all the way up to 6.7 inches, it looks like Apple is trying to provide something for everyone with this year's lineup.

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Since removing the headphone jack on the iPhone in 2016, the Lightning-connector-equipped EarPods gave new owners the chance to still listen to music on the iPhone without swapping over to Bluetooth headphones, or using a Lightning-to-3.5mm adapter. This, says Kuo, is because the company will try and boost AirPods sales over the holiday season this year. The report does not specify whether these expected discounts would pertain to the second-generation regular AirPods, which sell R2999 with the wireless charging case, or the $249 (R5499) AirPods Pro.

Apple iPhone 12 specifications and features continue to leak. However, the TF Securities analyst in a note to the analysts said that Apple is expected to leave out the wired earphones.

Apple AirPods is one of the most successful mobile accessories in the market right now.

Apple is keen to make the future wireless. As Apple's iPhone sales have faltered over the course of 2019, Apple's wearables division has continued to grow. WeeklyVoice.com reports that 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch iPhone 12 models will be available with 128GB or 256GB of storage and that 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch iPhone 12 Pro models will have 128GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options. Rumors are also circulating of a 3D triple-lens rear camera system that uses a LiDAR Scanner feature to calculate depth information for objects in the room, improving both photography and AR capabilities, much like the LiDAR Scanner feature on the 2020 iPad Pro.



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