Whether you're planning on picking up a new Apple iPhone 12 model
or even the iPhone SE (2020)
which has already been on the market for nearly half of a year, you might need to allocate a few extra bucks to pick up a power adapter. Apple announced today that it will no longer ship the charging brick with its phones. With 2 billion Apple
chargers already released over the years, Apple is portraying this as an environmental move rather than a way to increase profit margins. Also missing from the boxes will be the wired earpods. The company says that it has distributed over 700 million wired earpods with a Lightning connector over the years.
Apple says that these moves will reduce carbon emissions and allow the company to reduce the size of the box allowing 70% more product to fit on a pallet. The amount of pollutants that this move will save is the equivalent of taking 450,000 cars off of the roads over the course of a year.
We expect that those purchasing the new iPhone models online will see a prompt giving them the option to add the latest power adapter to their purchase at a extra cost. Last year, an 18W charger came in the box with the iPhone 11 Pro
handsets. But if you want the fastest charging capabilities on your iPhone 12 Pro
, you'll have to purchase a new charging brick which is rumored to charge at 20W or higher. What will in the box is a higher quality USB-C to Lighting cable.