- Rumors that the iPhone 12 will not come with headphones in the box have been spreading for several months, but Apple may have confirmed the change by accident.
- The code in the latest version of iOS 14.2 beta has changed languages that no longer contain the phrase “supplied headphones”, indicating that they are being removed.
- Apple is also expected to remove the power adapter from the iPhone 12 box.
Speculation swirling around future iPhone models never ends, but it’s not often we hear rumors about the other items coming in the box. However, 2020 is much different, as leaks and analysts have said for months that Apple would finally eliminate the power adapter and wired headphones that have traditionally come in the box with the iPhone. And now we may have definite proof of this directly from Apple.
Beta releases for iOS 1
As MacRumors explains, from iOS 14 on the back, Apple has included the following languages about RF exposure:
To reduce the exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories. Cases of metal parts may alter the device’s RF performance, including compliance with RF exposure guidelines, in a manner that has not been tested or certified.
In iOS 14.2, the first sentence has been changed and now says: “To reduce the exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, headphones or other similar accessories.”
Why else would Apple no longer refer to “supplied” headphones if they still planned to pack the wired EarPods in the box? It may not be a definitive confirmation, but it’s probably as close as we get to Apple announcing the iPhone 12, or unless a detail box somehow leaks before the unveiling event later this month.
Apple obviously wants to switch consumers to AirPods, and eliminating the packaging headphones completely is certainly one way to achieve that. Similar rumors have also suggested that the power adapter would also be removed from the box, and the fact that Apple shipped the Apple Watch Series 6 without the power adapter seems to give these rumors credibility. We even saw an iPhone 12 packaging leak back in July showing a similar box that just would not have enough space for an AC adapter or headphones. In other words, the evidence has accumulated.
We still do not know exactly when Apple plans to announce its iPhone series in 2020, but rumors suggest that Apple will soon host a virtual event and launch at least two iPhone 12 models before the end of October.