Losses suggest that both Apple and Samsung are preparing to sell smartphones – such as the noisy iPhone 12 and Samsung Galaxy S30 – that don’t have a charging block or cable in the box.
Instead, these companies are likely to ask you to purchase a separate charger or use your existing technology that you already have at home. This turned out to be divisive, as is the case with any manufacturer that has lost a fundamental part of its technology, but I think this is the right thing to do.
In my opinion, it has been a long time for manufacturers to take greater responsibility for the waste that comes from the average person who buys new technologies and dropping unnecessary accessories into the packaging is a bigger step towards the electronic waste curve than there is. can be expected.
The story so far away
According to trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 12 won’t have those EarPods headphones – the cheap wired headphones you get for free – or a charger in the box when it lands later in the year.
Another report – immediately after this rumor for iPhone 12 – suggested that Samsung decide whether to follow suit in 2021 with some of its smartphones. None of these reports suggested exact models or whether it would be for all devices.
If this occurs, it means that the phone will not be supplied with accessories. Because? Because it is very likely that you already have what you need.
According to statistics provided by the European Parliament, the world generates 50 million tons of electronic waste every year. That’s all, from your broken kit to companies that replace your work laptop.
Electronic waste is not worth it
Now let’s take a look at the chargers. The exact figures are difficult to find, but in 2016 the International Telecommunication Union said it believed that “one million tons of external power supplies are produced each year”.
Four years have passed and it will probably be a similar if not higher figure in 2020 considering that almost all the new gadgets purchased will probably have a charging brick included in the package.
The math here is not exact, but I make sure that about 2% of all electronic waste could only come from chargers. There is no exact data on how many chargers are used with their new products, but it is very likely that you are replacing the existing charger when you get this brick ready for use with your new smartphone or other gadget.
Is that old charger recycled? The Environmental Protection Agency argued that only 15-20 percent of electronic waste in the United States is recycled. The figures may differ in the rest of the world, but it is a difficult statistic to find.
If you need a new charger, you deserve it
I’m not saying you don’t need a new charger. If you have an older one, you have broken your existing charger or you just want to make sure you get the best charging experience, I believe you need a charger from your manufacturer.
Is the charger in the box the best option for you? More often than not, manufacturers don’t offer the best option by default.
Take, for example, the iPhone 11. It is capable of quickly charging up to 18 W, but the charger you are receiving in the package is capable of charging only 5 W. You will have to buy a third party (or the charger specially designed by Apple) separately to take full advantage of that quick feature.
If you choose to do it – and many don’t even realize it’s an option – you’ll get a standard 5W charger in the box that you probably won’t be using. This, in addition to the existing iPhone charger, probably means that you have three chargers now and you will only be using one.
The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max include a quick charger in the box, but if you own one of those devices and upgrade in 2020 you will also have two chargers.
It’s a similar case for Android manufacturers too where you won’t always have the high-end charger in the box and will have to spend on a separate brick in order to get it.
Discouraging people can help
Could you make sure you think if you need a new charger?
In England, the government introduced a plastic bag charge in October 2015 for larger stores. It was thought that it would discourage you from using the widely used plastic bag and instead bring your own way of carrying your items.
Carrying bags cost 5 pence (about 10 cents in the United States) but are still convenient for those who have forgotten the bags or wanted to opt for the plastic option.
According to British government data, the seven major supermarket retailers saw an 83% drop in the use of plastic bags after the charge was introduced.
Could a similar idea work for phone chargers? Making yourself think that “I really need a new phone charger” can be something that ensures that some customers sit down and consider if it’s really necessary.
Many will be disappointed with having to buy a new phone charger, but it would make sense if Apple and Samsung still offered a charger along with your free purchase, but make sure you have to opt for one.
We don’t know how manufacturers would implement the lack of a charger in the box, but it could be introduced as an option that is still free when you buy a new device, but you will have to request it instead of buying one by default.
This would reduce e-waste, but it wouldn’t increase the cost of buying a new phone for anyone who really needs it.
Also, remember that the portless is coming
The other thing to remember is that the phones are likely to remain doorless in the near future.
A series of rumors suggested that the iPhone 2021 may be the company’s first doorless device and we have seen concept phones from other manufacturers showing how the idea might work.
This means that you will need to use wireless charging to charge your device and there will be no option for a headset via a Lightning cable.
If you think it’s a good idea it’s a completely different question, but that could be why Apple and Samsung are now seeing the possibility of phasing out physical chargers.
You may only have a few more years where you need a physical charging cable and bricks anyway.
Nobody knows exactly what will happen in the next few years, but I am sure that dropping the charger in the packaging with your next generation smartphone is set to be better for the environment even if it is not better for your bank account.