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Here are 6 must-have accessories to buy for your new device

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There are few events guaranteed to garner discussion, fanfare and excitement across the world. Sure, there’s exciting holidays like New Year’s Eve — but then there’s Apple’s new product keynote events.

The tech juggernaut made headlines yet again with the announcement of the highly anticipated iPhone 12 during its latest keynote presentation on Oct. 13. Four new iPhone 12 models are coming — and some are officially available for pre-order as of Oct. 16.

While new iPhones are historically made available for pre-order on the same day, this launch follows a new, staggered strategy. Only two of the four models are available for pre-order: the iPhone 12 and the iPhone Pro.

The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro retail at starting prices of $799 and $999, respectively.

Pre-orders for both devices began on October 16, 2020 at 5 a.m. PT (8 a.m. ET), with phones widely available starting on Oct. 23.

Shop: Apple iPhone 12, From $799.90

The iPhone 12 is also available at Apple.com.

Pre-orders for the remaining two devices, iPhone 12 Mini and the iPhone 12 Pro Max, will begin on Nov. 6, and will be widely available starting on Nov. 13.

The iPhone 12 boasts a 6.1-inch “Super Retina XDR” display. In terms of size, it sits just between the soon-to-be-released iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max.

Setting it apart from the iPhone 11 and many of the iPhone’s earlier iterations, the iPhone 12 lineup of phones features flat edges, maintaining a nearly edge-to-edge display.

The iPhone 12 runs on Apple’s new A14 bionic chip, which the company says guarantees 15 percent faster speeds and 30 percent more power efficiency than the A13 chip. Along with the other newly released iPhones, the iPhone 12 also supports mmWave and sub-6 5G connectivity in the U.S.

But one of the most shocking tidbits about these new Apple launches is the fact that EarPods and a charging adapter are no longer included in the iPhone’s box. (Shocking news, we know!)

So while you wait for your new device arrive, we’ve rounded up six must-have accessories to get in place of the previously included iPhone accessories.

1. Apple AirPods Pro, $199 (Orig. $249)

Why you should buy it:

For the first time, Apple has decided to no longer include wired EarPods and a charging adapter in the box. Instead, the packaging will now just include the iPhone 12 and a USB-C cable.

To ensure that you can get the most out of your new iPhone, Apple’s latest AirPods Pros are a recommended investment. They’re currently $50 off on Amazon, so snag them before this deal ends.

2. Anker USB-C Wall Charger, $19.99

Why you should buy it:

Thanks to Apple’s decision to