This year the iPhone was overhauled. Not only in terms of new design, improved features and implementation of 5G.
As you’ve heard, the iPhone 12 no longer has headphones or a charging plug in the box. Well, we know this applies to all four iPhone 12 models, but what about the other phones that are still on sale?
Removing the headphones and charger makes the packaging much smaller and allows Apple to ship 70% more goods on a shipping pallet, the company said. This is part of Apple’s determination to reduce e-waste. That should be good. After all, we all have USB chargers that lie near our homes, right?
There is still a charging cable in the box – in fact it is a USB-C cable to Lightning, which is an update of the USB-A cable to Lightning, which is included in every iPhone from iPhone 5 to iPhone 11 inclusive.
But there was one detail that Apple failed to mention in its main report last week: this change is not limited to the new iPhone. If you bought an iPhone 11, iPhone Xr or iPhone SE last week, the box would have a charging plug, cable and headphones.
If this is what you are buying now, you will simply get a USB-C cable to Lightning, which can be found in the latest phones.
Is it right to do that, Apple?
After all, of all the iPhones ever sold, only two iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max ever had a USB-C charging plug. So even if you bought the phone every year, but last year had an iPhone 11, you may not have the right plug for the cable that is now in the box.
One by one, it definitely makes good sense. If Apple says the main focus in reducing e-waste is the fact that we all have these chargers, then why does it matter whether the new iPhone we buy today will be 11 or 12?
And any iPhone charger and Lightning cable will work with iPhones sold today. Apple has also now lowered the price of the USB-C charging plug, so that’s something.
Instead, I suggest we consider it as an extra cable in a box, and by the way, it’s useful, not least because you can use it to charge the iPhone directly from a Mac laptop, for example.
And still – earphones. I can’t tell you how happy I am that I don’t have them. I almost never take them out of the box – for any smartphone, not just Apple. They can be very useful if I misuse my wireless headphones, but I rarely use them. I suspect that this applies to more people than just me – white EarPods, which used to be so ubiquitous, don’t seem like much to me, but AirPods are much more common.
In the end, I think Apple did the right thing by removing the plug and EarPods from the box.
And one thing is for sure, but many other brands say that this omission is an outrage, you can bet that many of them will follow them in the coming months.
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