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New iPhones come with less in the box. Which headphones and charger should you choose?

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With the launch of the iPhone 12 in October 2020, and after a long run of consistency, Apple changed what you get in the box when you buy a new iPhone. The charging adapter and headphones are no longer included. Though some may see this as a bold or controversial step, it has allowed Apple to keep the price of the latest iPhones at the current level. You also have to consider that many users already own these accessories and don't need new ones. However, if you are new to the world of Apple, you will have to buy them separately. You can choose better items that are more powerful than those that would have originally been in the box. Let us  advise you on how to do it. 

Obsah balení nových iPhonůh

Package contents of new iPhones - CONTENTS

What's in the new package?

In addition to the iPhone, the new lower box also includes a Lightning power cable with a USB-C connector and a pocket with a sticker, a clip for removing the SIM card slot and the necessary safety instructions.

iPhone 12, obsah balení


Which iPhones are affected by the change of packaging?

Apple began the change with the launch of the iPhone 12 series. Currently, or in the near future, the following iPhones package will not contain an EarPods charger or headphones: 

iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro a iPhone 12 Pro Max
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Apple iPhone chargers

  • The classic charger has a power of 5W
  • A 15W or up to 18W quick charger saves time
  • The wireless charger offers convenience

In the past, Apple included a 5W charger in the iPhone package. However, they are not very powerful and charge slowly. The new iPhones support charging up to 20W, so if you want your phone to charge faster, buy a more powerful version. The price difference is negligible but pay attention to the adapter's connector. Some chargers have USB-A, newer ones often have USB-C. Make sure to buy an adapter with the correct connector for iPhones 12. 

Frequently asked questions about iPhone chargers

How to choose a powerful and fast charger?

The new iPhone 12 models support charging up to 20W, the iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone 11 can handle 18W and the iPhone Xr 15 W. If you want to enjoy the fastest possible charge, get a charger with at least this power.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of wireless chargers?

A Wireless charger is also very well suited to the new (and also previous years') iPhones. Not only is it possible to wirelessly recharge your phone and headphones, but you can also use it to charge your Apple Watch— the charger has a space reserved for one. 

The advantage of wireless chargers is undoubtedly convenience. Just place your iPhone on the surface of the charger, and the phone detects the transfer of electricity and charging begins. It is ideal to have a charger, for example, on a bedside table or in a car, because you do not have to worry about finding a cable and sometimes lengthy connections.

The disadvantage may be the need to position your mobile accurately enough for it to the charging pad. Your phone is also less comfortable to operate during charging and when you move it, charging may stop. iPhone 12 models solve this with a strong magnetic connection with the MagSafe Charger

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Apple iPhone Headphones

  • EarPods are wired and inexpensive
  • AirPods are wireless and more expensive
  • Several AirPods is sold in several variants

If you didn't find headphones in your iPhone box and you don't have any others, choose a new set based on how you intend to use them and price. If you want to stick with Apple, you could get the classic wired EarPods. They don't cost much but, due to the wires, doing sports or travelling around town are not always the most comfortable experience. AirPods—iconic white headphones in a small box—offer greater comfort. They are more expensive, but if you pay extra, listening to them daily for several years will be a far more enjoyable experience. 

Frequently asked questions about Apple headphones

What is the difference between AirPods and EarPods?

EarPods are headphones that Apple first partnered with the iPhone 5 in 2012. They are available with a Lightning connector or a classic 3.5mm jack. If you don't mind the wires, EarPods are sufficient for casual listening either at home or outdoors. 

In contrast, AirPods are True Wireless headphones, which come in a charging case. They work well with iPhones, and AirPods Pro can even filter out the noise of surrounding traffic. You can use touch gestures to control your AirPods and activate the Siri voice assistant with them. 

What is the difference between AirPods and AirPods Pro?

AirPods and AirPods Pro look similar from a distance and are easy to confuse. But on closer inspection, they are different. AirPods have a longer stem but, most importantly, do not support ANC (active noise control). 

AirPods Pro come with several  attachments and can cancel dampen ambient noise. At the same time, they have shorter legs and are more expensive. Also, the shape of their charging case varies slightly. 

AirPods 2019 AirPods Pro
On the left: AirPods 2019; on the right: AirPods Pro

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