Apple is finalizing the launch of the iPhone 12, a top-of-the-range smartphone that will arrive in four different versions, and that will be equipped with the new Apple A14 SoC, a chip that will be manufactured in a 5 nm process, and that could mark a minor jump than expected.
The first performance benchmarks of the Apple A14 SoC, used in the new iPad Air, point in that direction, and suggest that the performance improvement at the CPU and GPU level compared to the Apple A13 SoC is very small. The jump to the 5nm process may have had something to do with it, and that Apple did not want to risk a design that is difficult to transfer to the wafer.
The iPhone 12 will also be the first iPhone with 5G, an advance that implies an increase in costs, and therefore in the sale price. To minimize this, Apple has implemented changes to the internal components that will allow it to reduce costs, and has decided to do without the charger and headphones.
The data found in the source code of iOS 14.2 confirms that the iPhone 12 will come without a charger and without headphones, although it will include a meshed USB Type-C to Lightning cable. This change, together with the internal changes, will allow Apple to reduce costs, and it may be that thanks to this the increase in costs that 5G implies will end up having a minimal impact on its sale price.