Apple is expected to release the new “iPhone 12” model without an AC power adapter, but it could do the same for previously released devices such as the iPhone SE. The absence of a charging head in the box is said to be a cost-saving move for this year’s iPhone models. Apple also halted shipments of the Apple Watch Series 6 power adapter, citing environmental concerns.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg said in a tweet on Tuesday that Apple would also stop giving the plug to the previously released iPhone model if it was still on sale. But it’s unclear which existing iPhone models, in addition to the iPhone SE, will continue to sell with the updated iPhone 12 product line.
While Gurman did not specify, his prediction suggests that Apple may change the packaging of its current iPhone model to reflect the absence of charging accessories.
Apple has long been rumored to be shifting to wireless charging for its flagship iPhone device, and analyst Kuo has predicted that the company could switch to a “full wireless experience” by 2021. Apple is also rumoured to be developing a small wireless charging adapter to replace AirPower.
The “iPhone 12” series is expected to make its debut at Apple’s “Hi, Speed” keynote event, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 13, at 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 a.m. Beijing time).