Apple today announced that it’s new iPhone 12 lineup will ship without wall chargers or Lightning EarPods in the box in order to reduce the phone’s environmental impact.
Instead, they’ll come with just a USB-C to Lightning cable. As well as the new phones, Apple is also removing the accessories from its existing iPhone models going forward.
Apple says it’s not including a charger or earbuds with the iPhone 12 series on environmental grounds; similarly, it didn’t include a charging brick with this year’s Apple Watch models.
The company says the move means it has to consume fewer raw materials for each iPhone sold. And also urged its customers to use their current Apple power adapter and headphones, or purchase the accessories separately.
It also allows for a smaller retail box, which means 70 percent more units can fit on a single shipping pallet and reduce carbon emissions.
Overall, Apple estimates the changes will cut over 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually, the equivalent of removing 450,000 cars from the road each year.