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Original poster
Apr 12, 2001

As expected, the entire iPhone 12 lineup ships without EarPods or a power adapter in the box, with only a Lightning to USB-C charging cable included. Apple touted the environmental benefits of no longer bundling these accessories, noting that the move reduces carbon emissions and avoids the mining and use of rare-earth elements.

With these accessories removed, iPhone 12 models ship in a thinner box, as seen below.


"As part of our efforts to reach our environmental goals, iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 mini do not include a power adapter or EarPods," reads Apple's website, with a similar message shown for the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. "Please use your current Apple power adapter and headphones, or purchase these accessories separately."

Last month, the Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE launched without chargers in the box, so it is no surprise that iPhones have followed suit. Starting today, the iPhone SE, iPhone 11, and iPhone XR also ship without EarPods or a charger in the box. In contrast, iPads are still bundled with power adapters in the box for now.

Article Link: iPhone 12 Models Ship in Thinner Box Without EarPods or Charger
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macrumors 68000
Jul 8, 2015
L0vetodream got this wrong, he said it would be very artistic!

He hasn’t had any insider knowledge for this event at all!

He even got the orange colour iPhone wrong ?
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macrumors 6502
Mar 28, 2017
So if someone went out and got a new watch and a phone, they wouldn't be able to charge neither of them out of the box. splendid! Time to dig through the clutter drawer since you only have one block you can find. oh no! its a USB block, like what most everyone else has! time to go BUY a usb c block.


macrumors member
May 14, 2015
Cincinnati, OH
Not once has any of the plethora of Apple products I've ever bought (including an iPad Pro 12.9" in 2018) come with a USB-C charger, so I have NO USB-C charger. So if I buy a new phone I will now have a useless cord? Are you fricking kidding me? I can put this in the drawer with the 2 dozen other apple cords I have that crapped out on me.


macrumors regular
Aug 5, 2013
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Well, I hope you still have Lightning cables at home…

Agreed. If they're so worried they should've switched iPhone to USB-C once and for all.

Is the iPhone 12 USB-C or the traditional iPhone cable? There are USB-Iphone cables, but I had to specifically buy a iPhone-USB-C for $40 or so as I recall. So if Apple plays their cards correctly, they get many suckers to buy $40 cables and $60 AC adapters, which used to be included for free.

Bruno Jenso

macrumors newbie
May 18, 2017
Because we're 'commitment to the environment'. I feel Apple very openly insults our intelligence more and more these days. So it'll save the environment when we buy a USB-C charger in another box - possibly with worse packaging?

So is it possible its' just greed and bigger profit margins Apple? Just be honest.
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