As you probably read this week, Apple’s next iPhone - 11S, 12, who knows? - will probably come without a charging brick and earphones. I can almost hear Apple haters and Android fans going crazy with that news. But, it was actually bound to happen - and, as history tells us, other manufactures will most likely follow, eventually.
I’m an Apple user since 2012, having owned an iPhone 5, 6 and my current 8. Maybe because of that, I completely understand the reasoning behind it. They will claim most chargers and earphones end up never being used, or just stuffing some drawer (they will also claim it will allow for reduced production costs to bring even more tech into the iPhone for the same price as the one before, though that’s debatable). I still have the original earphone and charger from my iPhone 5 - I use the earphone on my computer and, at times, my iPad as well. When I sold my iPhone 6, I did it in its original box, with everything that came inside, the charger, earphones and the cable never used. Those three items, along with the earphone adapter that came with my iPhone 8, are still in its box, too. When I moved to using Bluetooth earphones I never went back, and don’t intend to. I also have enough chargers and cables at home to supply me for year to come. All those are from Anker, which are generally better than Apple’s own, at least durability-wise. Also, wireless charging. No need to plug and unplug stuff anymore, the charger, cable and stand remain in place, and thus last longer.
And that brings me to the second topic. I just noticed that there are Anker products being sold by Apple in its online store. I don’t know how the link will hold since I got there by searching, but you can try to check it out here, or simple search for Anker on the Apple website yourself. In the Canadian store, there are four Anker products, all chargers, all very overpriced compared to the Amazon.ca offering. Still, they are there. Since the Apple Store nearest to me is still closed due to the Covid-19, I can’t check out if there are Anker products there as well.
Apple’s website has had chargers from other companies for a while, along with cables, stands and other accessories. Including Anker’s products - I’m sure cables and stands will be there eventually - is probably just another confirmation that Apple will indeed no longer include chargers with their phones. Cables, chargers and basic earphones are afterthoughts, just little niceties to have in the box, In the case of chargers specifically, since wireless charging became a thing, you can buy a new phone and just put it over the wireless charger you already have, no need to bring new plastic into your home. Other manufacturers, like Anker, do it better anyway, and often times have cheaper products of higher quality, so why not just bring those into your home, if you need it?
And that’s why other phone manufacturers will eventually do the same. Most of the other stuff coming in the box end up as trash anyway. I know none of those arguments will reduce the noise of the hate-wagon when the time comes for Apple to confirm what everyone already knows, but I wanted to leave my thoughts registered here.