In 2020, Apple took a stand against unnecessary carbon emissions and spending money on production of accessories by removing the charger and earPods included in its smartphone case, but there is one country where Apple cannot remove the earbuds for fear of violating the law.
France insists that every mobile phone must include some form of hands-free equipment or headphones, in an effort to protect children under the age of 14 from exposure to electromagnetic waves.
Failure to do so results in a criminal fine of 75,000 euros ($ 87,000), and with that in mind, Apple decided to ship the new iPhone 12 phones to France with headphones and a USB-C and Lightning cable in the box without the charger.
Apple has also decided to remove the earphones and the charger from the (iPhone 11), (iPhone XR) and (iPhone SE) phones, but the same privilege must be presented to those phones in France.
This is definitely a problem for Apple because of the box size and the extra weight, and given that France has a population of over 66 million, it’s definitely worth the company’s efforts.
And given that the new iPhone box is smaller than standard Apple around the world, the company had to place it inside a larger box containing the earphones.
Apple advises customers to use existing chargers and headphones, but it also sells a new $ 19 20-watt wired charger and Wireless MagSafe Charger for $ 39, with a $ 10 discount on EarPods.
It is hoped that the current chargers, earphones, and headphones will be used by consumers buying a new iPhone, but Apple has also chosen to lower the price of the EarPods and the 20-watt power adapter by $ 10 each.
The new (MagSafe) chargers are sure to be popular, and Apple will spend a lot of marketing money encouraging more purchases.
The price of the new iPhone 12 devices starts at $ 699 for the iPhone 12 mini, $ 799 for the standard iPhone 12, $ 999 for the iPhone 12 Pro, and $ 1099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max.