Apple Stopped Including Charging Adapters With their Products - Why it's a Good Thing
I've watched a lot of tech YouTube videos over the years. Creators such as Marques Brownlee have educated me on the smartphone industry, so when I found out that Apple was rumored to sell their charging cables separately from the 2020 iPhone, I was surprised. Yes, they've already ditched the headphone jack along with other ports, but not including a charging cable is a whole new level.
Update: The iPhone 12 doesn't ship with a lightning adapter, as rumored.
Apple announced two new Apple Watch models on September 15, 2020, that won't include cables in the box, which supports the rumor that the lightning adapter won't be included in the next iPhone. My first thoughts were Oh come on! That's a cheap move! But the more I thought about it, the more I began to realize that this wasn't a very bad idea. If you're an Apple fanboy or fangirl, ask yourself this: How many iPhone chargers do I have laying around? If you have an excess of chargers, you probably don't need another one laying around the house, and if you are a new iPhone user, paying an extra $25 isn't the end of the world.
EarthPlex is a climate platform, so we will focus on the environmental impact of this decision. Obviously, Apple will include less in their boxes; this means that Apple doesn't need to manufacture as much as they used to which leads to taking fewer resources. When a company needs to manufacture more products, fossil fuel emissions rise. Apple has a very good environmental reputation, but they have not yet reached their goal of creating products from 100% renewable and recycled materials. Excluding the lightning adapter was a very prudent decision, and like everything else that Apple does, it will soon become the norm.
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