- Apple no longer packs free chargers and EarPods with iPhones, whether it’s the new iPhone 12 series or the older iPhone versions still available in Apple stores.
- Apple cut accessories from iPhone boxes to meet environmental goals and reduce carbon emissions.
- Apple now sells cheaper USB-C chargers and EarPods in stores than before, with each accessory receiving a $ 10 price cut.
Apple launched the iPhone 12 series during a virtual event earlier this week, confirming most of the rumors that preceded the event. Apple also revealed that the iPhone 12 phones do not come with the standard USB charger and EarPods earphones in the box, just as rumors said. The move allows Apple to reduce the size of the box and reduce carbon emissions. Apple expects the changes to reduce 2 million tons of carbon emissions each year, “equivalent to removing nearly 450,000 cars from the road.”
During the press conference, Apple explained that there are more than 2 billion iPhone chargers in the world and more than 700 million EarPods pairs. Most iPhone buyers will not be affected by Apple’s decision to cut waste. Even those who come from Android to iPhone will own USB-C chargers that work with the USB-C-to-lightning charging cable that comes with each iPhone. Many other chargers, including USB-C power adapters that come with laptops like Apple’s own MacBooks or tablets like the iPad, are also compatible with iPhones. But Apple will continue to store chargers and wired earphones in stores, which are now much cheaper than before.
People who buy their first smartphone ever have to buy their own charger if that smartphone is one of the iPhone versions that Apple sells. They also have to buy their own headphones, whether they are EarPods, AirPods or some kind of wired or wireless headphones.
The 20W USB-C power adapter that Apple sells costs $ 19, or $ 10 cheaper than before. You do not get a free charger, so you still have to pay $ 19 extra. However, the charger that usually ships with cheaper iPhones is a 5W. The 20W power adapter will charge the battery much faster than before.
EarPods with Lightning Connector also sell for $ 19, after a $ 10 discount. These earphones come free with every iPhone, and they are the type of earphones anyone would want to buy.
If you need both accessories, you will end up paying $ 38 extra for them. It goes on top of the price you pay for the new iPhone and it will be a disadvantage for some people. But it’s still $ 20 cheaper than before.
Most people own enough wireless chargers, which are really the only must-have charger from the two. When it comes to headphones, there are many more attractive options, most of them wireless. And with Black Friday almost here, you can expect many deals on Apple’s AirPods and AirPods Pro, as well as other cordless earphones from the competition.