When the iPhone 12 reaches customers later this month, it will come out in a much smaller and lighter box than before. That’s because the iPhone 12 won’t have all the headphones and charging components inside.
While the removal of the headphones may not seem too surprising in the present era, the fact that Apple dropped the charger has made users angry.
That’s right, the iPhone 12 marks the first time Apple has shipped its new iPhones without a charging cup and the included USB-C to Lightning cable won’t be compatible with the USB-A charger that Apple has bundled with most. every iPhone since 2007. That means buyers will have to keep using the old charger or find a compatible USB-C charger if they want to use a USB-C to Lightning cable with the device.
One meme makes fun of Apple’s “for the environment” move, when most of the available charging cups use USB-A, but Apple comes with USB-C cables.
Apple advertised this move as a way to benefit the environment. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment and social affairs, said that thanks to the small box Apple can ship 70% more iPhones than the old box and that the changes will reduce its annual carbon footprint. 2 million tons— equivalent to limiting 450,000 cars on the road each year.
But if environmental improvement is the end goal, Apple has failed with the iPhone 12. Apple may have approached the situation in many ways so as not to upset customers and make them “hunt” for their chargers. third party, this will also affect the environment.
Instead, Apple ended up using a USB-C charging cord, but not in the way we expected, and led to a mess.
Not only the iPhone 12, but the old iPhone will not come with the charger anymore, only the USB-C cable …
Favorable path for customers that Apple did not take
The easiest solution for Apple is to keep selling new iPhones with a USB-A to Lightning cable, as it has been since the Lightning connector debuted in 2012. Though they don’t charge as fast as USB-C and can’t plugged directly into the MacBook, at least they’ll be compatible with the 2 billion USB-A charging cups that Apple says has shipped so far.
An even better option for users would be to include a USB-C charging cup and a USB-C to Lightning cable with all the new iPhones for the past few years. That way, Apple can comfortably drop the charging cup knowing that a lot of iPhone owners already have compatible chargers at home.
But while Apple started selling USB-C chargers as optional accessories in 2017, it continued to ship USB-A chargers with every new iPhone except last year’s 11 Pro. If Apple doesn’t insist on faster charging as an add-on product, the transition should be a lot smoother.
USB-A chargers that Apple says a lot of users have available, can not use with the USB-C cable that the company provides
Another idea, first devised by The Verge writer Dieter Bohn, would involve encouraging customers to skip the charging cup themselves. Customers can still choose to purchase a new charging cup for their iPhone separately, but those who don’t will receive some discounts on future Apple Store purchases. Such a move would dispel any notion that discarding the charging cup is more for profit margins than the environment – and will be an opportunity to remind users of e-waste.
Of course, Apple could also completely remove the Lightning port from the iPhone, using USB-C for charging, and replacement accessories. This will probably require some bigger design changes for the iPhone, but looks doable since Apple’s iPad Pro tablets have been using USB-C since 2018. And while some customers may in opposition, they can also appreciate having a true universal charging standard for Apple devices.
As it stands, Apple doesn’t seem to come any closer to unifying its own “bundle of cables”. After all, Apple still offers a USB-A to Lightning cable with the regular Apple Watch and AirPods, so customers will have to use multiple charging cups in the near future.
The way forward
Eliminating the charger is not the only way that Apple contradicts the eco-friendly message. The company likes to talk about how iPhones are better for the planet because you don’t have to replace them as often, but on the other hand encourages a regular replacement with an annual upgrade program where no such program is intended. people who want to keep their phone for several years. Apple prides itself on reducing electronic waste, but some recyclers say piles of iPads and iPhones are being discarded unnecessarily due to strict anti-theft measures.
Even Apple’s introduction of MagSafe charging for the iPhone seems contrary to its desire to reduce the number of chargers it offers in the world. This is a new charging solution just for the iPhone – the name is a return to Apple’s old magnetic charging connector for the MacBook, ironically, it’s been abandoned for a USB-C replacement – and Apple Hopefully it will create a booming ecosystem of new charging accessories.
MagSafe will bring a new range of accessories from third parties
Either way, Apple is making a bunch of new chargers and making old ones obsolete – inconvenient for users, claiming it’s for the good of the environment.