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iOS 14 update: New codes seemingly confirm reports the iPhone 12 is shipping without free EarPods for the first time

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A recent update on the iOS 14 has reportedly contained codes that seem to correspond with an earlier about the iPhone 12. The codes in question dropped a crucial word and now suggests the new smartphones will be shipped with free EarPods.

What the iOS 14.2 is saying about the iPhone 12 launch?

The small yet important change was first spotted by MacRumors within a message related to the RF Exposure menu. Per the report, the message originally read: “To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories.”

However, two crucial words were reported removed once the iOS 14.2 beta 2 went live on Tuesday. The sentence was mostly retained except the phrase “the supplied headphones” now only says, simply, “headphones.” The change suggests that the message is now referring to any headphones, possibly because Apple will not supply them to iPhone 12 owners anymore.

Some might argue that this could only mean for the message to refer to all headphones and not necessarily because the iPhone 12 will no longer come with free EarPods. But it should be noted that analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has already reported on the possibility of the latter.

Kuo also suggested that the iPhone 12 boxes will not include a power adapter as well while Apple is also expected to launch a new 20W power adapter that will have to be purchased separately. Apple has yet to confirm this report, but this would not be the first time the tech giant will pull a similar move.

iPhone 12 release date, specs

Fans are a few weeks away from confirming these rumors as the iPhone 12 announcement is expected to take place on Oct. 13. While the iPhone 12 event is expected to happen in October, Apple is still expected to have a staggered retail launch with the Pro models arriving in stores later.

The series is still expected to include a total of four variants namely the 5.4” iPhone 12 mini, 6.1” iPhone 12, 6.1” iPhone 12 Pro, and the 6.5” iPhone 12 Pro Max. One of the latest iPhone 12 leaks also indicates that the non-Pro iPhone 12 devices’ storage options will start at 64GB while both Pro models will have a minimum of 128GB.

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