Apple launched its iPhone 12 lineup, and as was rumored, all 4 models ship without EarPods or a power adapter within the box. Starting right now, the iPhone 11, iPhone XR, and iPhone SE will not include this equipment either.
Apple’s web site encourages customers to make use of their current Apple power adapter and headphones or purchase this equipment separately, and to help offset the cost, Apple has now lowered the cost of its EarPods with a Lightning connector from $29 to $19. Apple’s new 20W power adapter for iPhones also retails for $19, down from $29 for its now-discontinued 18W power adapter that was included with the iPhone 11 lineup till now.
Apple touted the environmental advantages of not including EarPods or a power adapter with iPhones, noting that the transfer reduces carbon emissions and avoids the mining and use of rare-earth elements. iPhone 12 fashions also ship in a thinner field as a result, with Apple claiming that it may match 70 % more iPhone boxes on a single pallet throughout shipping.
Apple added that many shoppers have switched to wireless headphones like AirPods, and stated there are over two billion Apple power adapters on this planet, implying that many shoppers no longer need this equipment.
Last month, the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE launched without power adapters within the box, so it’s no shock that iPhones have adopted suit. However, all iPad models are nonetheless bundled with power adapters within the box for now.