[Big Bit Guide]Apple’s new phone is no longer compatible with chargers. What impact this will have on Apple users and other smartphone industries is worth pondering!
In the early morning of October 14, Apple (hereinafter referred to as “Apple”) held an online press conference, and its four newly released 5G mobile phones announced that they would no longer be compatible with chargers and headphones, causing heated discussions among domestic and foreign media and consumers. , this move will also have major variables for Apple’s charger supply chain.
According to Apple, the cancellation of earphones and chargers is for environmental protection. Apple explained that there are now 700 million earphones and 2 billion charging adapters in the world, but this data is actually too general, and many discarded charging adapters are ignored. Nor can it be proven that every individual user has enough headphones and chargers.
Judging from the hot discussion on the Internet, consumers do not agree with Apple’s rhetoric.
Most netizens believe that what may be more meaningful for Apple is to make more profits by achieving lower shipping costs through less raw materials and smaller sized packaging.
Another analyst pointed out that Apple is eager to gain a foothold in the 5G era, and Apple canceled the adapter charger and headset to offset the increased cost of 5G mobile phone products that are eager to launch.
As we all know, China and South Korea have taken the lead in the launch of new 5G mobile phones. The latest 5G mobile phones have been launched last year, and 5G mobile phones launched by Chinese mobile phone manufacturers have mushroomed. Until this year, the price of 5G mobile phones has been Thousand-yuan machine, and even civilian hundred-yuan machine was launched.
Apple’s 5G market is clearly a little late. According to data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology, in September this year, 5G mobile phone shipments in the domestic market reached 13.99 million units, accounting for 60% of mobile phone shipments in the same period. From January to September this year, the cumulative domestic shipments of 5G mobile phones were 108 million, and a total of 167 new models were launched, accounting for 47.7% and 46.5% respectively.
Even if every time Apple’s new machine has continuous slots, it can’t resist the arrival of “true fragrance powder” as scheduled.
If an old Apple user buys a new phone, they can still use the old charger to charge it. However, if the user needs to use the old mobile phone and the new phone at the same time, and there is only one charger, they can only stagger the charging time, or purchase a charging plug separately and charge the mobile phone by connecting to a computer.
And new Apple mobile phone users have to buy chargers and charging cables. This is very likely to touch the replacement problem of the mobile phone adapter market. As we all know, no Apple accessories are cheap. Even a charging cable costs hundreds of dollars.
The reporter saw on Apple’s official website that Apple recently launched a 20W PD fast charge. The model of the National Bank version is A2244. The manufacturer is Salcom Technology (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. It only supports PD2.0 fast charge, with 5V/3A, 9V /2.22A two output voltage gears, the price starts from 149 yuan.
In contrast, Apple’s original 18W USB PD fast charging charger 1695 (Flextronics version) supports two gears of 5V/3A or 9V/2A.
Through the dismantling comparison of Apple 20W PD fast charging and Apple 18W PD fast charging, it is found that although the two products are very similar in appearance, the internal materials and workmanship have undergone great changes.
On the premise of ensuring perfect functions, Apple 20W PD fast charging adopts a more streamlined circuit design compared to Apple 18W PD fast charging, the number of components is greatly reduced, and the use specifications of some materials are reduced.
Therefore, Apple’s 20W PD fast charging is cheaper than 18WPD fast charging, mainly because of the internal “optimization”, which reduces the cost.
In the field of accessories, there are many products that can achieve the same quality and charging effect at a lower price. Since Apple mobile phones are no longer suitable for chargers, some domestic power supply manufacturers will inevitably seize this market and purchase a batch of magnetic components. After the release of Apple’s new products, in the past few days, “Magnetic Components and Power” reporters have seen advertisements posted by some charger manufacturers in many outdoor places such as elevators and street signs. One of their biggest selling points is that they are compatible with iPhone 12 series mobile phones.
So far, there is still not enough evidence to prove that the third-party chargers must be worse than the original ones. Many mobile phones charged with third-party chargers are even better than those charged by the original chargers in terms of battery health. The theory that a factory is always good does not hold. Moreover, Apple chargers are also produced by my country’s accessories factories.
According to a variety of Apple chargers dismantled by industry insiders in the past, the design and workmanship inside the original factory are really as delicate as works of art, the space utilization rate is very high, and the safety protection has been done more, meticulous, even a charger has A strong apple wind.
Take the ANKER PowerCore Fusion PD supercharger that was launched on Apple’s official mall last year as an example. This product uses a number of magnetic components such as inductors and transformers.
According to the official promotional materials, the product is priced at nearly 100 US dollars (equivalent to nearly 700 yuan) and integrates the two functions of a charger and a mobile power supply.
According to the dismantling of this product by industry insiders, we can clearly see that the ANKER PowerCore Fusion PD supercharger is particularly “heavy” in the use of magnetic components. Use more than 5 inductors, one transformer.
In addition to the quality problems of some mobile phones, the use of counterfeit and inferior chargers has become an important factor that causes mobile phones to catch fire.
Except for Apple adapter suppliers such as Salcomp and ANKER in China, other power supply manufacturers want to “suck money” in Apple chargers, and they want to make their own chargers in terms of process design and materials, as well as safety requirements. We will wait and see if it reaches the Apple charger, or even catches up.