The iPhone 12 will be deprived of wired headphones in the box. A few weeks before the keynote, the iOS 14.2 beta update has just confirmed the absence of EarPods. As expected, Apple is seeking to reduce the production costs of its new iPhones and limit their impact on the environment.
For several months, it has been rumored that Apple is not going to provide a charger in the iPhone 12 box. Apple assumes that most buyers already have an iPhone charger. The purpose of abandoning the included charger is therefore to avoid the accumulation of electronic waste. As with Apple Watch, Apple should justify abandoning the charger on environmental grounds. However, Apple's decision mainly allows reduce manufacturing cost iPhone 12, which exploded following the integration of 5G.
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Subtle change in iOS 14.2 confirms discontinuation of headphones included in the box
In the same vein, Apple should also stop providing wired EarPods headphones in the iPhone 12 box. After several months of rumors, a subtle modification appeared in the second beta of iOS 14.2 confirms the absence of headphones. In the interface dedicated to information on exposure to radio frequencies, accessible from the settings, Apple no longer mentions “Headphones included”, report our colleagues from MacRumors.
“To reduce exposure to radio frequency energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speaker, headphones or other similar accessories " Apple details. Before the iOS 14.2 update, the warning from the US firm was slightly different: “To reduce exposure to RF energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speaker, included headphones, or other similar accessories. " Apple therefore does no more mention of a pair of headphones supplied with the iPhone.
Ultimately, the only accessory that you will find in the iPhone box is the Lightning to USB-C cable. In France, legislation should nevertheless put sticks in Apple's wheels. A law indeed obliges manufacturers to provide a hands-free kit with their smartphones. “Radio terminals intended to be connected to a network open to the public for the provision of the telephone service cannot be marketed without an accessory making it possible to limit the exposure of the head to radioelectric emissions during communications” details Article L34-9 of the Postal and Electronic Communications Code.