You’ve probably heard Apple remove accessories such as EarPods and chargers from the iPhone 12’s box and replace them with a USB-C To Lightning cable only. This move has come as a way for Apple to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. However, this move could generate more e-waste than ever before.
To get started, removing the charger from the box only encourages third-party charger manufacturers to flood the market with iPhone 12 charging bricks. The iPhone 12 supports PD fast charging, so you can expect to see more chargers on the e. -More commercial websites than ever.
Not all of these chargers are sold out, which is more wasteful than ever. Apple’s main claim is that people already have a charging brick at home and don’t need a new charger when buying an iPhone 12. Instead, if the user needs a new charger, it must be purchased separately from the Apple Store. These adapters must be packed separately and shipped separately. This does not reduce the impact on the environment, but increases it. In fact, Apple will say that reducing the size of the iPhone 12 box will help reduce carbon emissions when it comes to shipping the iPhone. But what they are unaware of is that shipping the chargers individually also increases their cost. If the charger was already in the iPhone 12 box, it would be more efficient and environmentally friendly as it wouldn’t have to be shipped separately. No additional packaging or plastic is required, even if it is recyclable. The same is true for third-party chargers, as they must be packed and shipped to customers and stores. This one move can have a further negative impact on the environment as a whole. It causes a series of events that are very difficult to get rid of.
If Apple really wants to reduce its carbon emissions, the Cupertino giant should have already switched to a USB-C port for the iPhone, as it did for the iPad Pro, iPad Air, and MacBook laptops. Almost all devices launched in 2019 and 2020 have a USB-C port, and Apple’s refusal to switch to the port only prevents it from becoming a universal standard for charging. is. USB-C is now widely used in computers, laptops, tablets, Android smartphones, game controllers, power banks and new generation GaN PD chargers. The fact that Apple didn’t switch to a USB-C port shows that Apple isn’t very interested in reducing e-waste. If so, using the Lightning port on the iPhone 12 is no longer the norm.