Apple’s new iPhones won’t ship with earbuds or chargers

Apple says not including the accessories makes for a smaller box. | Image: Apple

Apple’s new iPhone 12 lineup ships without a charger or pair of Lightning earbuds in the box to reduce their environmental impact, the company announced today. Instead, they’ll come with just a USB-C to Lightning cable.

Apple says it’s not including a charger or earbuds with the iPhone 12 series on environmental grounds, and similarly didn’t include a charging brick with this year’s Apple Watch models. It says the move means it has to consume less raw materials for each iPhone sold. It also allows for a smaller retail box, which means more units can fit on a single shipping pallet and reduce carbon emissions.

Earlier reports of the change have been met with outrage online,…

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