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Apple’s iPhone 12 could be sold without charger, headphones or adapter

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Apple has acknowledged the flaw and is working on a fix to be rolled out. Pic: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File © Provided by Extra.ie Apple has acknowledged the flaw and is working on a fix to be rolled out. Pic: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File

The latest iPhone model from Apple could likely be sold without key accessories such as chargers, adapters, or headphone sets in the box.

According to well-renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will no longer offer these accessories in an effort to sell the iPhone 12 at a similar price to the older iPhone 11 model.

Without official confirmation from Apple on this, it is believed that this decision would reduce the tech giant’s electronic waste footprint.

a person standing in front of a mirror: The latest iPhone model from Apple could likely be sold without key accessories such as chargers, adapters, or headphone sets in the box. Pic: Drew Angerer/Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie The latest iPhone model from Apple could likely be sold without key accessories such as chargers, adapters, or headphone sets in the box. Pic: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The decision would also reduce the amount of packaging required ahead of the next generation phone release in September.

By not including these accessories with every iPhone purchase, Apple would encourage customers to purchase their own headphones and chargers, likely working out to be more expensive for customers in the long run.

A similar prediction from Barclays analysts suggests that the only accessory to be offered along with the iPhone 12 will be a Lightning to USB-C cable.

The decision would reduce the amount of packaging required ahead of the next generation phone release in September. Pic: Chesnot/Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie The decision would reduce the amount of packaging required ahead of the next generation phone release in September. Pic: Chesnot/Getty Images

This prediction comes following urges earlier this year from the European Parliament for all mobile phone manufacturers to introduce one standard charger that can work on any mobile device or tablet.

EU officials believe that this resolution would make customer’s lives easier as well as benefitting the environment, allowing people to reuse products they already own.

The European Commission has estimated that currently, obsolete charging cables generate up to 51,000 tonnes of waste annually.

a hand holding a cell phone: The European Commission has estimated that currently, obsolete charging cables generate up to 51,000 tonnes of waste annually. Pic: Sean Gallup/Getty Images © Provided by Extra.ie The European Commission has estimated that currently, obsolete charging cables generate up to 51,000 tonnes of waste annually. Pic: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

However, Apple retaliated with a strong objection to this decision, stating: ‘We want to ensure that any new legislation will not result in the shipment of any unnecessary cables or external adaptors with every device, or render obsolete the devices and accessories used by many millions of Europeans and hundreds of millions of Apple customers worldwide.’

With no official updates from Apple as of yet, the iPhone 12 is expected to launch by early September of this year.

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