In the months leading up to the reveal of the iPhone 12, there were a number of rumors suggesting that Apple wouldn’t be including any accessories with the iPhone 12, aside from a USB-C to Lightning cable. Now, it looks as though these rumors have been confirmed.
By taking a quick gander at Apple’s latest ‘what’s in the box’ section for the iPhone 12 Pro on its website, you’ll see the company states it only comes with a single USB-C to Lightning cable, and of course the phone itself. The website also goes on to state- “As part of our efforts to reach our environmental goals, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max do not include a power adapter or EarPods. Please use your current Apple power adapter and headphones, or purchase these accessories separately.“
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s head of environmental initiatives did however come out and provide an explanation as to why Apple has made this decision during the iPhone 12 presentation. She explained that by not bundling accessories with the latest range of iPhones, the company was able to significantly reduce the size of its packaging. This means around 70 percent more units could be placed on a single pallet, which reduces the amount of shipping Apple would have to make when delivering the devices to outlets around the world.
The lack of accessories also helps Apple to reduce its carbon footprint in terms of the manufacturing process. According to reports from the Verge, Apple believes this change could cut over 2 million metric tons of carbon emissions annually, which equates to the removal of around 450,000 cars from the road each year. While this is certainly a good thing for the environment, many customers aren’t too happy about the decision, especially seeing as the base model iPhone 12 Pro will cost around R16 696, despite shipping without earbuds or a charging brick.