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Apr 12, 2001

Apple's new iPhone 12 models don't come with EarPods or a power adapter in the box in order to save on packaging materials to reduce environmental impact, and following today's event, Apple has removed the power adapter and EarPods from the box for all other iPhone models as well.


As was rumored this morning, the iPhone 11, XR, and SE will no longer be shipped with power adapters or EarPods, much like the iPhone 12 models. This will allow Apple to use new, slimmer packaging.

All of the iPhone models will, however, come with a USB-C to Lightning cable, an upgrade from the standard USB-A to Lightning cable that used to be included.

Despite rumors that Apple would introduce a Lightning cable with a braided design, that did not happen, and iPhones new and old ship with a standard Apple-designed rubber USB-C to Lightning cable.

Article Link: iPhone 11, XR, and SE No Longer Come With EarPods and Power Adapter But USB-C to Lightning Cable Included


Dec 3, 2003
I'll have to track down a set of Earpods w/ 3.5mm jack when I get the chance before they go out of production; I like to use them with my Macbook Pro and Nintendo Switch, and if/when the pair I has stops functioning I'd love to have a spare set ready to go.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 16, 2015
Norwich, UK
Well it was to be expected. At least their including a USB-C cable. Also when looking on the UK Apple store the new 20W USB-C Power Adaptor is £19 which is very good move by Apple. They will likely shift plenty at that price.
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macrumors newbie
Jul 30, 2020
I don’t really mind the lack of a charger as I have a ton of ‘m already and usually don’t resell my old phones. I am a little bit bummed out though they did not release the rumored braided cables.. Oh well, maybe next year?
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macrumors 68020
Feb 1, 2014
" order to save on packaging materials to reduce environmental impact"

Another way to reduce the environmental impact is to stop millions of previous-generations iPhones from being thrown into a land fill every year from Apple needing to feed their voracious corporate income monster with new phone models every 12 months.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 28, 2008
This was a little weird to me. They get rid of the USB A cable, but most iPhone users have more USB A iPhone charging cubes then have USB C charging cubes.

So most iPhone users have heaps of USB-A to Lightning cables already but have fewer USB-C to lightning so as they get more USB-C charging bricks they will need the cables.
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Mar 11, 2010
Chicago, IL
Do people really not have existing USB-C devices in their homes? I have a Switch, two MacBook Pros, a GoPro Hero 8 and accessories, an iPad Pro, and two portable power bricks... plus a power strip that has regular power plus two USB-A and a USB-C ports. My monitor connects to my Macs via USB-C, as does my portable SSD. I didn't think I was that much of an anomaly.
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Jul 12, 2016
I suspect the earpods are probably pointless for so many consumers not using them, where they either have their own wired choice or they are using a Bluetooth device of some sort. It’s about time Apple stopped including the EarPods, when they just sit in a drawer for the majority.
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