Report suggests AirPods might come free with 2020 iPhones

Report suggests AirPods might come free with 2020 iPhones
Apple’s AirPods quickly became one of the most recognizable headphones in the world and the success of the recently released AirPods Pro shows that people still want to buy them. But that might not be necessary soon.

Reports coming from DigiTimes via MacRumors state that Apple is planning a major change for next year’s iPhones. And we don’t mean the rumored new design. According to unidentified sources, Apple is planning to put AirPods in the boxes of next year’s iPhones. Although it wasn’t mentioned by the sources, it’s safe to assume that only the Pro iPhone models will get the wireless earbuds and not the cheaper variant.

Too good to be true?

We’re taking these reports with a grain of salt, however. Apple has been notoriously stingy with the accessories it bundles with iPhones. This year Apple users got a fast charger with their $1,000 new smartphones for the first time ever and non-Pro users are still stuck with the criminally slow 5W charger. And when it comes to headphones, the company has been using the same cheap Lighting adapter headphones for years now, regardless of the iPhone model. This means there are three options:

Option 1: The report isn’t true. Everything remains the same.

Option 2: The report is true and Apple has decided to take a financial hit to please its users. While that would be amazing for Apple fans, it sounds more like something you’d wish for when seeing a shooting star. The cheapest AirPods cost $159, more than five times the price of the wired headphones in iPhone boxes today. And AirPods are still a strong seller so Apple would be shooting itself in the foot if it suddenly starts giving them away with iPhones, losing a massive amount of revenue in the process.

Option 3: The report is true but Apple will raise prices for its Pro models. This is something we can see happening. Apple bundles the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max with AirPods in the box but the base price is $100 more, for example. Technically, that means customers are saving $60, but at the same time, they’re paying $100 more than they would have otherwise if they already own a pair of AirPods. Of course, having an extra pair is not such a bad thing, you can always give them to someone else.

Samsung did it first

Overall, options 2 and 3 are realistic because we’ve already seen something similar in the industry. When releasing the Galaxy Note 10, Samsung bundled it with its own wireless earphones, the Galaxy Buds. While that was a temporary promotion, both Samsung and Apple can afford such a combo full-time if they want to.

For Apple, the move would make sense if it wants to further diversify its Pro models from the non-Pro. Currently, the differences between the two aren’t that significant and people often choose the cheaper option for obvious reasons. A pair of wireless earbuds alongside the other “pro” goodies Apple has in store for next year could significantly sweeten the deal and make more people reach deeper into their pockets for a high-end iPhone. That will be especially true if at the same time the prices go up a notch.

While it’s too early to say if something like that is on the Apple horizon for sure, one thing is certain and it’s that next year’s iPhone launch will be a major one for the company. Will it go all-out and bring unparalleled value to its customers or will it bring marginal improvements with a thick layer of sugar and superlatives on top, we’ll have to wait to find out.



1. maherk

Posts: 7011; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Never gonna happen.

2. monkeyb

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

1. Not gonna happen. 2. Never going to happen. 3. Read the first 2 again :)

3. Alcyone

Posts: 568; Member since: May 10, 2018

*Opinion* Guessing Apples sells are as poor as Samsungs if they give the pods for free? If they do come free, I'd like to see the defense as fo why. Kettle, meets pot.

15. DBozz

Posts: 112; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

How did u pass 1st grade?

4. Elvis358

Posts: 260; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Too good to be true! But who knows. Apple surprised us all this year with great things!

17. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1472; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Did they? I must've missed something then

5. Charlie2k

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 11, 2016


6. kennybenny

Posts: 224; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

It’s not “free” if they have to charge $100+ more than the current iPhone Pro’s!

7. Joosty

Posts: 490; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Increase the price by $100, give free gen 2 airpods. Boom.

8. jeffpom

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

We've heard this before.

9. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1277; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Option 4 : Increase iPhone PRO models price by 199$ and give left-over NON-PRO airpods FREE... FREE... FREE...

10. cmdacos

Posts: 4321; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


11. XiPingpong

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 26, 2019

"Free", with 2020 iPhone probably costing more than 1500 $ the AirPods will be more than fully paid for even if they are included for "free" with the phone!

12. handsomparis

Posts: 128; Member since: Jun 11, 2015

BS ! and if they do you will definitely see it reflect in the total price of the phone .

13. whatev

Posts: 2411; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Could be true, if 2020 iPhones have reverse wireless charging this makes sense, though the idea is too good to be true

14. CDexterWard

Posts: 112; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Wonder if a possible Option 4 might be a cheaper, more generic AirPods “Lite” meant for the bundle only, but would be gimped enough in quality / features to still push people to spend for the upgrade.

18. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I can see Apple bundling the iPhone with AirPods as this Apple in many ways by: 1 Increasing iPhone revenue through their Pro lineup. 2. Avoid tariffs being hit on their accessories 3. Help increase sales for 2020 Pro Models, while justify raising higher cost. 4 Base price of the Pro Models may start at $1199 for 5.4” model and $1299 for 6.7” model.

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