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Apple stopped giving chargers with iPhones – is that really for environment sustainability?

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In 2020, Apple announced that they will no longer be giving out charging adapters along with iPhones upon purchase. This decision had caused a massive outcry among buyers.

Let’s face it, iPhones are expensive and the least Apple could do is to provide a charging adapter along with the smartphone.

Here is what’s the response from this tech giant:

Apple response by stating that this move was for the benefit of the environment.

In the Apple 2021 Environmental Progress Report, it was stated:

In 2020, iPhone 12 and Apple Watch Series 6 devices
shipped without power adapters in the box. The change allowed
for smaller, lighter packaging. It also allowed us to fit up to
70 percent more products on a shipping pallet—which, in turn,
helps reduce emissions associated with shipping. This change
also eliminated the need for significant quantities of plastic
and zinc since power adapters comprise our largest usage
of these materials.

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However, there are some arguments on this.

´The charger is essential for the use of the mobile device´

According to Entrepreneur.com, The Procon-SP Foundation says that the charger is essential to be able to use the phone, they also mention that Apple has not shown that old chargers meet the same charging experience as a new one would offer. Nor has it been proven that the use of third-party chargers is not used as a way to evade the warranty by the company.

In addition, due to being a significant and important change in the way said product is marketed, since this device is usually sold with the charger, this modification should have been reported – which never happened – mentioned in its analysis by Procon-SP.

The Question remains, is this really for environmental sustainability?

What are your thoughts on this Apple’s move towards environmental sustainability?

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