American technology giant Apple launched its iPhone 12 series consisting of the iPhone 12 Mini, the iPhone 12, the iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone Pro Max on October 13.
All cameras seemed to be focused to capture and communicate the new advancements in the series as people waited in anticipation.
The iPhone 12 comes equipped with various new features such as a faster processor, better low-light photography and also a special night mode in the selfie camera, among others.
But Apple has made one unique change to its iPhone 12 lineup- it doesn't ship with a power adapter.
This is the first time a major smartphone manufacturer has released a mobile without a charger.
So, anyone who doesn't currently have any Apple power adapters will need a USB-C power adapter to charge the iPhone 12. However, a USB-C to Lightning cable still does come with the phone and this cable has been designed to work with any standard USB Type-C adapter.
Let’s look at why Apple made this move-
As Apple explained during its iPhone 12 event, it has been done to achieve the environment goals set by the company. Apple wants to become 100% carbon neutral by 2030. Excluding the power adapter reduces the size of the box. This means that they will be able to reduce the packaging by 70 percent which in turn will also allow the company to fit more devices on a shipping palette.
Apple said that this will help in reduction of shipping-related emissions. Smaller boxes will also allow them to reduce yearly carbon emissions by 2 million metric tons. When you’re shipping tens of millions of iPhones per quarter with less packaging and plastic, there’s sure to be a positive impact on the environment.
Mobile phone chargers alone generate more than 51,000 tonnes of e-waste per year. Just as single-use shopping bags contribute to plastic waste, unused and discarded electronic appliances contribute to electronic waste. On this basis, the environment would greatly benefit if tech companies encouraged a shift to standardized charging that works well across different brands. This would also negate the need for users to buy different chargers for various devices.
Further, all models of the iPhone 12 series can take advantage of fast charging, citing that each model can achieve a 50% charge in about 30 minutes. The catch? The charger needs to be 20W or more. Any less and fast charging wouldn’t work.
All of this might sound very mighty and environment-friendly but it’s futile if your phone dies and you don’t have a compatible charging brick to resurrect it. In addition, USB-C, in particular, isn’t going away, so it might be time to invest in a compliant charging solution.
At AMX, our power adapters with multiple ports don’t just facilitate efficient charging but also offer fast charging.
Plug the power adapter into the wall, plug the lightning end into your iPhone 12 and you're golden!