This year we saw the departure of the charging brick from the Apple Watch box, which has lead to many speculations and gives more credibility to the rumor around the inclusion of the power adapter and the EarPods in the newest models of the upcoming iPhones. It has been in speculations for a while that Apple may stop including the power adapter and the EarPods as a way to protect the environment and reduce carbon footprint.
The newest iOS 14.2 beta 2, which was released yesterday for a few developers, gave some hints towards the same claim, in the software files.
Prior to iOS 14.2 beta 2, this was what the RF Exposure menu mentioned:
To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories.
And now, after today’s update:
To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, headphones, or other similar accessories.
Ming-Chi Kuo first speculated about the EarPods not being included in the new iPhone models – be it a tactical move from Apple to earn some more money or a new way to reduce the carbon footprint as many people would already have a compatible adapter and the EarPods for the same. The leak also showed that this might just be limited to newer devices but also some old devices as well.
The newest additions to the Apple device lineup i.e. the Apple Watch Series 6 and the SE didn’t include an adapter and was said to be a move towards a more environmentally conservative production of these devices, minimizing the total waste and work labor.
The new iPhones are speculated to be announced in mid-October and will supposedly have a new display with a higher-refresh-rate, following a different design with 5G support.