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Apple removes the charger from the Watch’s box — the iPhone is probably next

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Update: Apple clarified that it will ship the USB charging cable, but won’t provide the power adapter. The earlier version of the article indicated that the company won’t include the USB cable. We’ve changed the article to reflect that.  

Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE today. With that, the company said that it’s removing the power adapter it provides with the Watch in the box.

The Cupertino-based firm said that the reason is environmental. It claimed this step will save the carbon equivalent of over 50,000 cars per year. That means Apple must be making millions of these chargers to ship with the Watch.

This move will fuel the rumors that the iPhone 12 will also not ship with a power adapter.

Also, Apple Watch Series 6 and Apple Watch SE are priced at $399 and $279 respectively. As we know, the company’s accessories are not cheap, so you might have to shell out some extra bucks to buy an adapter if you don’t have one.

My colleague Callum thinks that you shouldn’t trust anyone shipping a phone without a charger. It may apply to smartwatches too.

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Published September 15, 2020 — 17:40 UTC