Apple is expected to launch four new iPhone 12 models later this year, and analysts at British bank Barclays have outlined their expectations for the devices in advance based on conversations with multiple Apple providers.
In a research note obtained by MacRumors, Barclays analysts said iPhone 12 models won’t come with EarPods in the box, in line with a prediction shared by Ming-Chi Kuo last month. Oddly enough, analysts also heard that iPhone 12 models might not ship with a power adapter of any kind, leaving only a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box.
While Apple would offer environmental benefits without including a power adapter with the hundreds of millions of iPhones it sells each year, such a move would obviously be inconvenient for customers without a spare USB-C charger. Apple’s basic 5W power adapter can be purchased separately for $ 19, while the 18W power adapter included with iPhone 11 Pro models can be purchased for $ 29.
Earlier this week, anonymous Twitter user Mr. White shared photos of a 20W power adapter that he suggested be included with iPhone 12 models, which clearly contradicts what Barclays analysts are hearing. .
Barclays estimates that the mass production of iPhone 12 models is four to six weeks behind schedule compared to a typical year. Analysts believe Apple will still announce the new line in September, but at least some models may not be available to order until October or November, as was the case with the iPhone X and iPhone XR in recent years.
Analysts expect the two high-end iPhone 12 Pro models to have a triple-lens camera system with a LiDAR scanner, first introduced on the iPad Pro. This would pave the way for new augmented reality experiences.
Barclays also said it heard about a possible iPad Pro update later this year, but has no further details at this time.
Lastly, analysts expect third-generation AirPods to launch in early 2021.
Barclays analysts have a mixed record relative to Apple’s rumors. Their accurate predictions have included True Tone for iPhone 8 and iPhone X, removing the headphone adapter with iPhone XS and iPhone XR models, and removing 3D Touch on all iPhone 11 models, while they were incorrect about the iPhone XS possibly has a smaller notch and the base of iPhone 11 has 4×4 MIMO.