Apple removes charger and earphones from iPhone 12 to save 2 million tons of carbon emissions
The much anticipated Apple event on October 13 delivered what the people wanted; the iPhone 12. The annual upgrade of the iPhone series saw a range of new features announced, but there was just one thing, or two things in this case, missing with their latest smart phone revel; the iPhone 12 will not ship with the Apple earphones or wall chargers. With prices for latest range of iPhones reaching up to a hefty £1,099/$1099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max, Apple certainly aren’t removing their staple accessories from the box to save money for the consumer.
Apple says they have removed their earphones and wall chargers from their iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and the iPhone SE 2020 series too. The Californian tech giant who operate in and ship to every corner of the Earth claim they are stopping producing the accessories for environmental reasons. By shipping the iPhones without the accessories means less raw materials used to produce the final product. Less accessories also means a smaller retail box. A smaller box means more boxes can fit on a shipping pallet. The Verge write, ‘Apple estimates the changes will cut over 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually, the equivalent of removing 450,000 cars from the road each year’. That is a staggering figure!
Apple’s bombshell didn’t hit a chord with everyone on social media, with some people feeling that Apple’s omission has more to do with their profit margins than their carbon footprint.
What are your thoughts on the new iPhone 12 and Apple’s environmental claims? Will that new iPhone unboxing feeling be the same without all the trimmings? Apple sold $260 billion worth of products across the globe last year; reducing the raw materials used to make accessories for a product that sells in the hundreds of millions each year is incredible news for the planet. Whether their intentions are clear or not, 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions saved is something to shout about!