Not just the 12: every iPhone ditches all of its accessories with the exception of the charging cable.
If you hopped on the internet any time in the last two months, you know, that Apple decided to not include a wall brick and headphones in the boxes of its newest flagship phones, the iPhone 12s. They stated that their only motive is to be more environmentally conscious since their decision will prevent hundreds of tons of e-waste from getting thrown out – whether you believe them, or only see their move as a cheeky cash-grab, depends on you. However, Apple went a little further than that:
they removed the wall adapters and headphones from all of their phones’ packaging.
It won’t matter if you buy the iPhone 12, the XR, or the new SE: the only thing in the box (besides the phone of course) will be the charging cable and a couple of stickers. If you happened to sell your wall brick with your old phone, well, you’re still in luck: the classic slab of white plastic is still available to buy from Apple’s store, for the price of ’only’ 19 dollars. Seems like a bargain, doesn’t it?
Of course, the company tries to explain the situation on every model’s page, this can be seen on the iPhone 11’s:
„As part of our efforts to reach our environmental goals, iPhone 11 does not include a power adapter or EarPods. Included in the box is a USB‑C to Lightning cable that supports fast charging and is compatible with USB‑C power adapters and computer ports.
We encourage you to re‑use your current USB‑A to Lightning cables, power adapters, and headphones which are compatible with this iPhone. But if you need any new Apple power adapters or headphones, they are available for purchase.”
There’s only a small problem with that: if you already have a wall adapter from one of your previous iPhones, you’re still not good to go: the new phones come with a Lightning to USB-C charging cable, which won’t be compatible with the USB-A wall adapter that they used earlier.
Every single one of their mobile devices will get the slimmer box as well, of which they are able to fit two times as many in the same amount of cargo space, cutting down thousands of tons of CO2 emissions – also, making them an extra couple million dollars every year, since they’ll be able to ship a lot more than they could beforehand.
What do you think? Is it justifiable that they don’t include the accessories? It’s true that the environment will benefit tremendously from it, and another 20 or 40 dollars is not that much when you’re already spending 400-1400 bucks on a phone – or do you see the company’s move as the ultimate sign of how they can shove anything down their customers’ throats in order to make more and more money?
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