This year has been a major overhaul of iPhones. Not just in terms of new design, better features and introduction of 5G.
As you may have heard, the iPhone 12 no longer has earbuds or charging plugs in the box. Okay, we know that all four apply to the iPhone 12 model, but what about the other phones still on sale?
Removing earbuds and chargers makes packaging significantly smaller, and allows Apple to ship 70% more product on the shipping palette, the company claims. This is part of Apple’s determination to reduce electronic waste. It should be a good thing. After all, we all have USB chargers lying around our homes, don’t we?
The box still includes a charging cable – in fact it is a USB-C to Lightning cable, an upgrade of USB-A to Lightning cable with all USB included from iPhone 5 to iPhone 11.
But there was one detail that Apple had neglected to mention as its keynote speaker last week: This change is not limited to just the new iPhones. If you bought an iPhone 11, iPhone Xr or iPhone SE last week, you will have a charging plug, cable and earbuds in the box.
If what you are buying now, you will get only the Lightning cable that comes with the latest phone.
Is this the right thing to do, Apple?
Finally, all iPhones sold so far have only two, the occasional supplied USB-C charging of the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. So, even if you bought a phone every year, but the iPhone 11 last year, you might not have the right plug for the cable in the box anymore.
In a way, it certainly makes good sense. If Apple is saying that its focus on reducing electronic waste takes advantage of the fact that we all have these chargers, then it shouldn’t matter if the new iPhone we’re buying today is 11 or 12 The
And any iPhone charging plug and Lightning cable on sale today will work with iPhones. Apple has still dropped the price of its USB-C charging plug, so that’s something.
Instead, I suggest we need to think of it as an extra cable in the box, and, by the way, this is a useful one, not least because you use it to charge your iPhone directly from a Mac laptop Can, says.
And then there is earbuds. I can’t tell you how happy I am with them. I almost never get them out of the box – for any smartphone, not just Apple. They can be useful in a pinch, if I have mistaken my wireless headphones, but I rarely use them. I suspect that is only the case for more people than me – white earpods cables that used to be so ubiquitous are not often seen, it seems to me, but airpods are more common methods.
Finally, I believe Apple did the right thing by removing the plugs and earpods from the box.
And to be sure one thing, although a lot of other brands say that this omission is an annoyance, you can bet that many of them will follow suit in the coming months.
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