There has been a big follow up of iPhones this year. Not just in terms of new design, improved features and 5G launch.
As you may have heard, the iPhone 12 no longer has earbuds or a charging plug in the earphones. Well, we all know that applies to all four iPhone 12 models, but what about the other phones still on sale?
Removing earbuds and chargers makes packaging significantly smaller, and allows Apple to carry up to 70% more product on the shipping palette, the company claims. That’s part of Apple’s decision to reduce electronic waste. That should be a good thing. After all, we all use USB around our homes. Chargers are caught, aren’t they?
The BX still includes the charging cable – in fact it is a USB-C to Lightning cable, which is included with every iPhone, including an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 5 in a USB-A to Lightning cable.
But there was one detail that Apple neglected to answer last week on its main issue: the change is not limited to the new iPhones. If you bought an iPhone 11, iPhone XR or iPhone SE last week, you would have a charging plug, cable and earbuds in the box.
If you are buying the same now, you will only get a lightning cable from USB-C with the latest phones.
Is this the right thing to do, Apple?
After all, of all the iPhones sold so far, only two, the iPhone 11 Pro and the iPhone 11 Pro Max, have ever provided a USB-C charging plug. So, even if you bought the phone every year but last year was the iPhone 11, you no longer have the right plug for the cable that is now in the box.
In a way, it definitely makes good sense. If Apple Paul says its focus on reducing electronic waste benefits from the fact that we all have these chargers, then would it make a difference whether the new iPhone we are buying today is 11 or 12?
And any iPhone charging plug and lightning cable will work with the iPhone on sale today. Apple Play has now also slashed the price of its USB-C charging plug, so that’s something.
Instead, I would suggest that we consider it as an extra cable in the bucks, and, say, a useful one, not least because you can use it to charge your iPhone directly from a laptop or laptop.
And then there are earbuds. I can’t tell you I’m not happy about this. I don’t always take them out of the box – for any smartphone, not just Apple’s. If I fit my wireless headphones incorrectly, they can be useful in a pinch, but I rarely use them. I suspect that’s just the case for more people than me – the White AirPods cable that was ubiquitous isn’t often seen, I think, but the AirPods are pretty common.
In the end, I believe Apple has done a good job of removing the plug and earpods from PlayBox.
And one thing is for sure, although many other brands say this is an outrage to ignore, you can trust that many of them will sue in the coming months.
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