Apple may not include EarPods in future phone boxes, but there are other earphone options


One of the small joys in life is opening a new phone and digging through all the bundled accessories. Even though you know you probs won’t use the bundled earphones, it makes you feel good knowing there’s an extra pair in case you need ‘em. It now looks like Apple won’t ship upcoming iPhones with EarPods in the box, and it’s a shame. 

We have to remember that these are the same people who removed the 3.5 audio jack from its devices four years ago in a bid to push more people to the Bluetooth AirPods. This is all according to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says in his latest report that the company may release an iPhone this year with no free earphones in the box for the first time ever. 

He also said that Apple may just give customers who buy the new devices a discount on its AirPods. Which is a nice gesture if we didn’t need to go to the shop again just to give Apple more money for something we’re used to getting bundles. Does this mean that the iPhones will cost slightly less? Knowing Apple, not a chance. 

When the company removed the headphone jack, earphones had to be connected to the Lightning port via a tiny dongle that you could easily misplace. At least the dongle was free… until that was removed from the box too in 2018.

You have a choice

Fear not, however, because there are other earphones that you can buy for far less than the AirPods that currently retail for R3,500 for the base pair, and up to R5,500 for the noise-cancelling AirPods Pro. 

Device Price Pro’s
1More Stylish True Wireless Earphones R2,000 Comfortable fit
Samsung Galaxy Buds R2,000 Good value
Samsung Galaxy Buds+ R2,800 Great microphone and battery life
Sony WF-1000XM3 R4,000 Best sound out of all of these
Huawei Freebuds 3 R2,500 Looks great
Soundcore Anker Liberty Air R3,000 Impressive battery and range
Xiaomi Mi True Wireless Earbuds R1,000 Cheapest in the bunch



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