Rumours are swirling amongst tech bloggers that Apple will stop including chargers and EarPods with new iPhones. Those who track e-waste are hoping that Apple does, in fact, make this move.
According to one venture capitalist, MG Siegler, the environmental implications would be lowest on Apple’s list of reasons for the change. More important to the company would be a higher profit margin, reduced shipping costs, and preparing consumers to use a no-port iPhone in the future.
Yet, the environmental implications are huge. According to Steven Yang, the CEO of Anker, an estimated 300,000 tons of e-waste was generated by the in-box chargers that accompanied the 1.5 billion smartphones shipped in 2017.
In the meantime, the question remains of whether Apple will switch the iPhone to a USB-C charger, now the (otherwise) universal charger for consumer electronics. This move would also significantly cut down on e-waste.