In their bid to become more environmentally friendly, tech giant Apple announced that their new line of iPhones—the iPhone 12 series—will not include wall chargers and earphones in the box. All of their previous iPhone models and other Apple products will also be rid of its accessories starting this year.
The company explains that by doing so, they will be reducing the use of raw materials for producing the accessories. It will also lessen their yearly carbon emission by over two million metric tons as the phones will be able to fit in smaller boxes, thus allowing more boxes to be shipped at once. (Read: Here’s why Vincent Van Gogh always painted people and the environment)
Many have expressed their dismay with the announcement, saying that Apple is doing this not to have a lesser environmental impact, but to lessen shipping costs and increase its margins. However, the tech company said that as of the launch of the iPhone 12 series, there are already 700 million lightning earphones and two billion power adapters or wall chargers in the world—meaning most people already have one of each of their own.
Fighting Climate Change
Aside from this change in the iPhone 12 series, Apple also announced back in July that they will be introducing new changes to their production process and device components to help in the fight against climate change.
The company is trying to innovate new ways to build a quality product while using materials that come from renewable sources. They are also developing their own custom aluminum alloy from recycled materials for the enclosure of some of their devices. And in 2018, 100% of their Apple stores worldwide were already using renewable energy.
The iPhone 12 series consists of the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. The models will be available for preorder starting October 16, except for the iPhone 12 Mini which will be available for preorder beginning November 6.