Apple dropped the price of its EarPods and iPhone power adapters by $10, after it said the iPhone 12 would not ship with these accessories



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Apple has dropped the price of its EarPods and iPhone wall chargers by $10, after it confirmed that the new iPhones it announced Tuesday would not ship with these accessories.

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Its EarPod headphones — a wired alternative to Apple’s Bluetooth AirPods — are now $19 on the Apple Store, a third less than the previous price. 

Its 20W power adapter, which lets you charge your phone at a plug socket, is also $19 — this is a new product, and down from $29 for the old adapter, which Apple has now discontinued.

Older iPhone models still on sale on the Apple Store, including the iPhone 11, XR, and SE, will also no longer ship with these accessories, the company said.

At its iPhone 12 announcement on Tuesday, the company said that shipping phones without these accessories would let it use smaller boxes, helping it meet its environmental goals.

“It’s like removing 450,000 cars from the road per year,” Apple executive Lisa Jackson said at the launch event.

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Instead of a wall charger, the iPhone 12 will come with a USB-C to Lightning cable, which can be plugged into a computer or wall adapter for charging.

Other phone-markers have already removed chargers and headphones from their boxes, Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight, told Business Insider, but many more companies will likely follow Apple’s lead.

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Apple To Ship Your Orders From Its Stores To Ensure Day-After Delivery

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  • Apple has around 300 retail stores in the United States and Canada
  • Apple’s operations team will decide where the order will be shipped from
  • The company is expected to announce new products Tuesday

Apple expects to deliver its products a day after receiving orders by shipping them directly from its network of about 300 retail stores across the United States and Canada, finding new ways to utilize its stores amid restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Apple informed its staff that customers who live within 100 miles of an Apple store will benefit from this strategy, Bloomberg reported.

The tech giant usually ships iPhones, iPads, Macs and other products from its warehouses or directly from China. Apple will use the United Parcel Service in Canada and FedEx in the United States to ship products faster.

This will not be an optional service and customers will not be aware when it happens. Apple’s operations team will decide which item will be shipped in what way.

Apple tested this system in July in some stores after they started reopening following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The company is pondering whether to turn some of its retail stores that remain shut, into online support and call centers. Some retail employees are already working as online support staff for the company, according to the report.

Apple is expected to launch a slew of new products including four new iPhones with 5G compatibility, a new iPad Air, new products in its audio range, and the first Macs with Apple’s own processors at its annual event on Tuesday. Apple will also unveil widely anticipated iPhone 12 models tuned to super-fast new 5G telecom networks in an update considered vital to the company’s fortunes. Some of Apple’s rivals have already launched 5G models.

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Apple is starting to ship devices directly from its stores

Apple is shifting how it ships devices to consumers: instead of sending out all of its hardware products directly from China or from local warehouses, the company is now going to use its network of Apple Stores as de-facto fulfillment centers, shipping products directly from the stores to get to customers faster.



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The change, Bloomberg reports, will use Apple’s nearly 300 stores in the US and Canada to speed up local delivery for customers within 100 miles of a store. The company has already apparently started using the new system with several stores earlier this year, but the broader rollout is coming just ahead of Apple’s upcoming iPhone launch next week (which is already taking place later than usual).

The shift is largely an internal one, according to Bloomberg — so customers won’t be able to choose the store from which their devices ship. But using retail stores to facilitate faster shipping to customers could help get new iPhones in people’s hands that much faster, especially at a time when those stores are seeing far less in-person traffic (or are closed altogether) due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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‘iPhone 12 Mini’ and ‘iPhone 12 Pro Max’ Said to Ship in November

Earlier today, Chinese leaker “Kang” shared allegedly accurate information for the products set to be announced at the upcoming Apple event on October 13, including details on the full iPhone 12 lineup.


According to the leaker’s information, which was later modified with corrections for product availability timeframes, the 5.4-inch “‌iPhone 12‌ Mini” will be available to preorder on November 6 or 7, with a launch date of November 13 or 14.

Meanwhile, the 6.7-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max will allegedly be available to preorder on November 13 or 14, with a launch date of November 20 or 21.

Bloomberg believes that Apple will stagger the iPhone launches in 2020, while DigiTimes has previously suggested the two 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ models could come out first in October, with the 6.7 and 5.4-inch models to follow. Leaker Jon Prosser today has also claimed DigiTimes was correct earlier in the year.

It’s worth noting that Apple traditionally doesn’t open ‌iPhone‌ pre-orders or launch products at weekends, and some of the initial dates in the two-day timeframes provided by Kang – November 7, November 14, and November 21 – fall on Saturdays. Depending on the time of day when preorders kick off, a Friday in the U.S. could already be Saturday in some parts of the world, although the actual launches typically occur on Fridays no matter the location.

Assuming therefore that Kang’s dates are ballpark accurate, preorders for the “‌iPhone 12‌ mini” will commence on Friday, November 6 and the device will launch on Friday, November 13 – the same day that pre-orders for the ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro Max would be expected to commence. Apple’s largest ever handset would then launch one week later on Friday, November 20.

With likewise adjustments, pre-orders for the 6.1-inch ‌iPhone 12‌ and ‌iPhone 12‌ Pro models could

‘iPhone 12 mini’ & ‘iPhone 12 Pro Max ship mid-November, says leaker

A new leak claims that Apple’s new “HomePod mini” will be $99 and half the height of the original, plus details a release schedule for the whole of the “iPhone 12” range.

A leak originally posted on Chinese site Weibo but then relayed by previously accurate tweeter Ice Universe, claims to have full details of the rumored smaller HomePod, plus confirmation of the “iPhone 12” range Apple is expected to announce on October 13.

A translation of the original Weibo posting says, “HomePod Mini, priced at $99, 3.3-inch speaker, S5 processor.

Most places are scheduled for November 6/7, and will be released on 16/17. Please wait for the domestic release.”

The reference to a domestic release implies that these dates are for America, not China where the leak was posted.

At 3.3-inches, the HomePod mini would be just under half the height of the original HomePod. And at $99, it would be just under a third of what that HomePod currently costs.

The same source lists prices for the “iPhone 12” range, the bottom two of which are both $50 higher than previously reported. Specifically, it claims that the “iPhone 12 mini” will start at $699 instead of $649, and the “iPhone 12” will be from $799 rather than $749.

It also claims a release schedule for all four “iPhone 12” models, starting with the “iPhone 12” and the “iPhone 12 Pro.” Pre-orders for these are said to be on either October 16 or October 17, with shipping from a week later on October 23 or October 24.

The leak says that the “iPhone 12 mini” will open for pre-orders on November 6 or 7, and ship a week later on November 13 or November 14. And reportedly the “iPhone 12 Pro Max,” will see pre-orders on November 13