Apple confirms new iPhone 12 WON'T have a charger or headphones in the box 'to help the environment'

APPLE has confirmed that the next iPhone will be the first to drop the charging plug and headphones from the box.

The company's white wall plug has been bundled with every iPhone since 2007, but it'll be sold separately for the release of the iPhone 12.

Follow our iPhone 12 launch event blog for the latest news and updates

Apple made the announcement during the unveiling of four new iPhones at its "Hi, Speed" virtual event on Tuesday.

The US firm heavily implied it was moving in this direction last month amid the unveiling of two new smartwatches during an online event.

Apple revealed it was removing the USB adapter (that's the bit that plugs into your mains socket) it would usually include in the box with the timepieces.

Citing environmental reasons, the firm said the decision was part of its commitment to reducing packaging and waste.

"Sometimes, it's not what we make, but what we don't make that counts," Apple's Lisa Jackson said in a recording from the firm's headquarters in California.

"We know that customers have been accumulating USB power adapters, and that producing millions of unneeded adapters consumes resources and adds to our carbon footprint.

"So this year, we are removing the USB power adapter from Apple Watch."

The move makes the Apple Watch SE and Series 6 the first Apple Watches to come without a plug in the box.

The gizmos still come with a charging cable, but customers without an adapter will have to buy one separately.

Apple charges up to £29 for USB adapters on its website.

Whispers of the move emerged in June from trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who regularly leaks the firm's plans long before they're public.

In a letter to investors, Kuo suggested Apple was ditching the accessory so it could keep the price of the iPhone 12 down.

Many iPhone users already have a handful of chargers and headphones lying around, so most won't miss the in-box gadgets.

It was hoped the move would slim down the packaging for the iPhone 12 to dampen the gadget's environmental impact, Kuo said.

However, some have argued that forcing users to buy accessories separately – requiring separate packaging – negates any reduction of waste.

Apple unveiled four new iPhone models during its October 13 event.

The mobiles open for pre-order this week.

iPhone tricks to try today

Here are some of the best…

  • Typing cursor – When typing, hold down the space bar to turn your keyboard into a trackpad, letting you move around words and sentences more easily
  • Close all Safari tabs – To do this in one go, simply hold the overlapped squares in the bottom right-hand corner, and press close all tabs
  • Delete lots of photos quickly – Hold down on a photo and then drag your finger diagonally in Photos to select lots of images at once, then hit delete
  • Convert currency quickly – Swipe down from the top of your Home screen (or swipe left to right on an iPhone X or later model), then tap in the bar and type a currency (like $200) and it will automatically covert to your local currency
  • Check if you're due a battery upgrade – Batteries inside smartphones degrade over time. Just go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health, and check out the Maximum Capacity reading. Generally a battery is considered worn when you're down to 80% capacity. If you're below, you can buy a battery swap from Apple
  • Move apps around faster – Hold an app until it starts wiggling, then (while still holding) tap other apps, causing them to stack so you can move them around easier

In other news, Apple recently unveiled the latest version of the Apple Watch – its cheapest smartwatch in years.

There's a new iPhone homscreen in iOS 14, and fans are divided over it.

Find out about all the new iOS 14 features here.

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