News An iPhone 12 with USB-C would really help the environment — not a missing charger

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"This year’s iPhones will not ship with earbuds or a charger, all in the name of lowering needless waste. This allows 70% more iPhones to be shipped on pallets and, according to Lisa Jackson, VP of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, “it’s like removing 450,000 cars from the road per year.”

How many cars a year would be removed from the road if Apple stopped including an actual phone in the iPhone box?
 
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Virtually all existing Apple users already have at least one charger with USB-A to Lightning cable. That accounts for most of the people buying one of the new iPhone 12 models. Tom's guide claim about "making old adapters incompatible" is a clear error. Changing to USB-C would inconvenience almost the whole of Apple's customer base, leading to many unnecessary cable (or charger) purchases. And those that have an USB-C charger (or plan to switch to USB-C) get the cable. So the article is really misguided.
 
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What's really bad for the environment is when people create ewaste by dumping their old phones. USB-C ports break much more easily than Lightning. If anything, I wish USB-C would be replaced by Lightning (not that I think that would actually happen).
 
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"This year’s iPhones will not ship with earbuds or a charger, all in the name of lowering needless waste. This allows 70% more iPhones to be shipped on pallets and, according to Lisa Jackson, VP of environment, policy and social initiatives at Apple, “it’s like removing 450,000 cars from the road per year.”

How many cars a year would be removed from the road if Apple stopped including an actual phone in the iPhone box?
Interesting thought. I wonder how many cars a year would be removed if you didn’t buy a single electronic.

Apple is trying to help the environment but they are still a business who provides electronics that billions of people use. They need to make money to continue to do that so they will continue to include the iPhone in the box ;)
 
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This year's iPhone 12 will help eliminate waste, but a move to USB-C charging would go even further.

An iPhone 12 with USB-C would really help the environment — not a missing charger : Read more
This article is not exactly correct in many ways. Let’s start with the fact that Apple has billions of phones out in the world rn, and many more devices that use lightning. If they decided to stop using lightning all together they would create more waste than they would save by switching to USB C.

I think it unfortunate that the uninformed like to hate on a company who actually is trying to worry about the environment. A company who inform the public on actual shit they do and what they give back.
But oh well, let’s pull out the pitch forks and join the android users you need every phone to be USB C
 
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Virtually all existing Apple users already have at least one charger with USB-A to Lightning cable. That accounts for most of the people buying one of the new iPhone 12 models. Tom's guide claim about "making old adapters incompatible" is a clear error. Changing to USB-C would inconvenience almost the whole of Apple's customer base, leading to many unnecessary cable (or charger) purchases. And those that have an USB-C charger (or plan to switch to USB-C) get the cable. So the article is really misguided.
If they switched the port to USB C, and included a USB C to USB A cable in the box, it would be compatible with all those older USB A charging bricks most phones have come with in the past, and make it convenient when people inevitably buy USB C accessories over time as all other devices will have. The only excess waste would be those buying lightning to USB C adapters that they would no doubt come out alongside the move, and is probably going to be about the same excess spending as those that now have to buy USB C chargers or USB A to lightning cables as the old ones are degraded but the charging bricks still work.

Instead they have only increased the need for people to buy lightning accessories, when chances are a usb c accessory would be much easier to come by(and not needed to be produced in two versions), and there will still be a need for two versions and or one plus an adapter for people having an iPhone and iPad or Mac setup.
 
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