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Apple may not include a power adapter with its cheaper 2020 phones

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Remember how the tech world collectively lost their minds when Apple decided to release a phone without an earphone jack? It was ludicrous at the time although in hindsight, Apple was just preparing the world for wireless earbuds which it knew would eventually take over the world. It was a feature that few thought they could live without and yet Apple found a way of making it work.

If a new rumour from analyst Ming-chi Kuo (and revealed on 9to5Mac) – who has revealed a fair amount of Apple insights in the past – is anything to go by, then Apple might be prepared to remove something else from its new phones that people wouldn’t ordinarily think of living without: A power adapter.

According to the rumour, Apple is planning to stop including a power adapter and EarPods in the box with 2020 models, in an effort to reduce packaging sizes, be more eco-friendly and reduce shipping expenses. Though the more likely reason will be so that they can sell adapters to consumers at an even higher cost and simply make even more profit.

If Apple really wants to be more eco-friendly, they will instead make their devices compatible with the USB ports that everyone else uses. It is unlikely they are going to go down this route though, especially with the company finally upgrading its slow 5W USB-A adapters to an 18W USB-C adapter only last year.

Apple may be forgoing logic on the iPhones, but Kuo believes that they are developing a new 20W fast charger that will come alongside new iPad models so that at least iPad users will get a new adapter with their devices. If Apple does go down the route of not including adapters with new devices, let’s hope they can make it cheap and easy for new users to purchase adapters or reduce the price of the phones themselves.

Pipedreams, I know.

Last Updated: July 1, 2020

8 Comments

  1. MechMachine

    June 30, 2020 at 15:55

    Apple, the most pretentious brand on the market. No jokes.

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  2. Original Heretic

    June 30, 2020 at 16:52

    How do these assholes keep getting away with this shit?
    The idiot masses just eat all that shit.

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    • Lu

      July 1, 2020 at 07:54

      Mass idiot here.
      As stated by Kenn, iOS is just that good. I just want a phone that calls, whatsapps and has a kickass music app – nothing more.
      I’ve tried Android but it just doesn’t appeal to me. Whenever I use my girlfriend’s Samsung my dislike just gets reinforced. I know others feel the opposite.
      I don’t go buy the newest phone as soon as it releases (I bought my 8 brand new for half price when the X came out) – that is retarded regardless of the brand.

      Everyone whined when the headphone jack was removed. The phone comes with an adapter. I still use it in my car, but for everything else, there’s bluetooth. If I’m not mistaken other brands are now doing the same.

      And on the charger story, I’ve had the same charger for 6 years, and only opened and used my new one when I donated my old phone to a friend. The lightning cable and port have been the same since the 5, and I have cables in my car, office and home. I don’t need more.

      At the end it comes down to personal taste.

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    • Gavin Mannion

      July 1, 2020 at 09:36

      More people use Android and they are just as expensive so wondering who the idiot masses really are?

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      • Original Heretic

        July 1, 2020 at 09:41

        People who spend too much in phones, android or apple, either way.
        Unless you really need it for work purposes, most phones by the large well known brands are just grossly overpriced.

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        • Gavin Mannion

          July 1, 2020 at 09:51

          I grabbed myself an iPhone 8 for R3k and it’s absolutely perfect for everything I need. And it continues to work unlike Androids which die after 2 years

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  3. Kenn Gibson

    June 30, 2020 at 17:54

    They get away with it because iOS is so damn good. The macs are fine if you like them, can get a better PC for the money, and yes technically Android phones are superior and cheaper (in some cases). but iOS works, is easy to understand, and like or hate it Apple have managed to make their products desirable. good on them..

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  4. Gavin Mannion

    July 1, 2020 at 09:36

    I’ve still not forgiven them for removing my headphone jack, I will hold this grudge until the day I die.

    It’s annoying not to get a charger block but as long as the cable is still included I’m happy. I legit have a drawer of USB -> power adaptors and it is a complete waste

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