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Apple ditching chargers saves costs but not the planet

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In this photo illustration a screenshot from Apple’s launch... In this photo illustration a screenshot from Apple’s launch promotional material of the the new iPhone 12 seen displayed on a iPad tablet screen with the Apple logo in the background. | Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Apple’s decision to no longer include wall chargers and earbuds in its new iPhone 12 boxes is good for business, but just how good it will be for the planet is harder to see. The move saves the company money, but some of the environmental benefits could be offset by people buying earbuds and chargers separately.

Environmental benefits could be offset by people buying earbuds and chargers separately

Apple made the announcement during its October 13th event. Unlike previous models, the iPhone 12 will come with only a USB-C to Lightning cable. The company said that excluding the wall charger and earbuds would lead to less mining, packaging, and planet-heating carbon dioxide emissions associated with making the products. The company also got...

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