A new Kuo report suggests that Apple may sell the iPhone without a charger for the first time this year. It follows previous reports that the iPhone 12 box will lack a second standard iPhone accessories: a pair of earpods.
Both measures can save Apple money and much more than the cost of accessories. As my colleague Benjamin Mayo mentioned, this will reduce the size and weight of the iPhone box, which will reduce Apple’s merchandise costs …
Apple’s argument for both measures is undoubtedly good for the environment. If everyone has existing headphones and chargers, incorporating them with each iPhone creates a wasteful manufacturing process and electrical waste. This cheap cost means more iPhones per aircraft, reducing carbon emissions.
I have a record of supporting the move to eliminate earpods.
With the 3.5mm headphone jack in the days of iPhones, I’ve been saying for a long time that it was silly with an earpod in the box. It goes back to the days of the iPod, when the concept of a portable music device was a relatively new concept; Anyone who already had a pair of headphones listening to music in this move didn’t make any sense.
Four years [after the removal of the headphone socket], We are back in the situation we were in with 3.5mm headphones. Most iPhone owners upgrade their phones at least every 3-4 years. This means that as soon as the iPhone 12 comes out, most of them will already have at least a pair of electric earpods – and many of them will buy an AirPod or some other wireless headphone. And again, these would mean that you have to spend for these processes
Although almost 60% of you agree with me, disagree more than the third time, presenting a perfectly reasonable argument. Some have suggested that earpods may break, especially when used by children, so it is always convenient to keep extra. Others have said that even if they use wireless headphones, they can go out of power, so getting a wired backup is convenient. Some people stash a pair of earpods into each bag they use so they always have a pair on hand.
Opposition to the idea of selling an iPhone without a charger is even stronger.
Save a box of green cheap, Lucy Way.
I won’t include earbuds but I think a charger in the box is still worthwhile for another new iPhone. I mean, you never get enough chargers, do you?
I don’t consider how many chargers the average person has, it’s a dumb idea.
I should say that personally I don’t care much. I charge wirelessly almost exclusively and have three wireless charging stands: by sofa, on my desk and on the bed. I use my MacBook Prote as a charging hub when I travel.
But I work from home. If I spend a lot of time on this step, I will adopt the “relandant array of free charger” method by sticking the charging brick and lightning cable in each of my bags, so I can plug in when needed. If I need faster charging speeds than the supply of wireless chargers, I’d like a bunch of dotted wired chargers about the apartment. I’ll be in the “You’ll never have too many chargers” camp.
I got where Apple is coming from. If you live in a world where there is always a wireless charger on tap – at home, in your car, in the office, in coffee shops across Silicon Valley – then a power brick may seem like a weird throwback to your previous era. Apple may very well believe it is an environmental waste.
But this is not yet the world in which everyone lives. That would be the right move at some point, but in my view we got a few more years before we got there. And this will probably be the point where the iPhone goes portless anyway
My graduate? Accept our poll, and share your thoughts in the comments.
FTC: We use automated authorized links to earn revenue. More.
Check out 9to5Mac on YouTube for more Apple news: