According to DigiTimes, "Smartphone vendors including Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi are looking to bundle their new models with TWS earbuds next year". Apparently, this trend is expected to gain steam as soon as next year, which means the AirPods will likely be included with the other iPhone 12 box contents.
However, the regular AirPods could come bundled with the 2020 iPhones.
Also, AirPods are extremely popular, statistics say, so Apple might not be really keen on giving them away for free, since many people are willing to work a few extra hours to afford purchasing them.
We will have to wait until September 2020 to find out whether Apple will actually bundle AirPods along with the iPhone. "TWS" or "truly wireless stereo" earphones are earphones like Apple's AirPods and Samsung's Galaxy Buds.
While this theory may seem uncertain for now, Apple might feel it's time to include something more futuristic with its iPhones than EarPods. The one with support for wireless charging cost $199 and the AirPods Pro with active noise cancellation cost $249.
It is also interesting to note that, as of now, Xiaomi does not even offer wired earphones with its smartphones. However, it is hard for Apple to imagine that it would provide such expensive accessories while keeping the iPhone price unchanged.
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Apple will sell 3 million pairs of AirPods and AirPods Pro according to Wedbush analyst Dan Ives.