Here's the reason why Apple Watch Series 6 and SE don't come with charging bricks
Apple's reasoning for this change is simple and based on reducing its environmental impact. The company's logic is that if you're buying an Apple Watch, you likely already have a Lightning-based charging brick in your home, left over from a previous one, or an older iPhone.
The same can't be said for certain about iPad buyers, which the company views as potential first-time Apple consumers, who likely don't own a Lightning-based charger in their homes yet. Thus, iPad buyers will continue getting a charging brick out the box.
At Apple's September 15 event, Lisa Jackson, Apple's VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives noted the following, in regards to the removal of the Apple Watch charging brick:
In addition to this, Apple says that it has cut down its carbon footprint by 35% since 2016, and is committed to reducing its environmental footprint even further. By 2030, the Cupertino company is expecting to be 100% carbon neutral, including supply chains and products.
So what does this mean for consumers? With no chargers out the box when buying an Apple Watch, we'll either need to use an older Lightning-based charger if we have one, or buy Apple's standard $19 5W USB Power Adapter. Additionally, compatible wireless charging pads and magnetic charging docks can also be used with the Apple Watch Series 6 and SE.
When purchasing an Apple Watch Series 6, Apple's website promptly notes: "As part of our efforts to reach our environmental goals, Apple Watch Series 6, Apple Watch SE, Apple Watch Series 3, and Apple Watch Nike do not include a power adapter. Please use your existing Apple Watch power adapter or add a new one before you check out."