With Apple moving to launch the new iPhone 12 line of devices this 2020/2021 the American technology company is trying to cut manufacturing costs due to the addition of 5G technology in this year’s “iPhone 12” line,
Apple is making an attempt to use cheaper constituents in other areas of the devices to wedge cost, according to analyst Ming-chi Kuo (via MacRumors and Apple Insider).Apple is believed to cut cost in the battery and power sector of their devices opting for much cheaper battery technology.
Resulting in a battery panel which is around 40 to 50 percent inexpensive compared to the one powering the iPhone 11’s, Kuo also stated that, next year’s iPhone batteries are going with a further 30 to 40 percent price cut because of the supplementary design changes and improvements.
AirPods are likely to be affected by this decision by Apple to cut the battery costs on the third generation scheduled for release next year opting for a “system in package” just like what is present on the AirPods Pro.
This decision won’t counterbalance the 5G hardware only. Kuo says that it’s likely that the integration of the millimeter wave technology into the iPhone will no doubt increase Apple’s budget by $125 - $135 a unit, or by $75 - $85 for sub-6GHz model. But amongst this and the stated choice to remove to power brick or earphones in the package, it seems that reducing production cost is top on Apple ‘s to do list this year.
Well we will soon find out with Apple launching its latest devices later this year.