According to Apple’s regional French online shop, every “iPhone” including the “iPhone” 12 comes with both a USB-C to Lightning cable and EarPods with a Lightning connector.
The inclusion of headphones is likely due to legislation in France requiring all smartphones to include a “hands-free kit” to protect children under 14 years of age. The obligation is based on the precautionary principle, as the risks of exposure of the developing brain to electromagnetic waves are not taken into account, according to French law, be clearly known:
At the request of the cell phone purchaser, the operator must provide an accessory such as a hands-free kit or headset that is suitable for children under 14 years of age.
Encouraging the use of a mobile phone without a speakerphone in France is punishable by a fine of € 75,000.
As was rumored before Apple officially introduced the iPhone 12, all four models in other countries around the world come without EarPods or power supply. Additionally, the iPhone 11, iPhone XR, and iPhone SE no longer include these accessories.
On the Apple website, customers can use their existing Apple power adapter and headphones, or purchase these accessories separately. To offset the cost, Apple has now lowered the price of its Lightning connector EarPods from $ 29 to $ 19. Apple’s new 20 W power adapter for iPhones also costs 19 US dollars, compared to 29 US dollars for the now discontinued 18 W power adapter that was previously included in the iPhone 11 product line.
Pointing out the environmental benefits of not including EarPods or a power adapter with iPhones, it noted that the move will reduce carbon emissions and avoid the mining and use of rare earth elements. For this reason, iPhone 12 models are also delivered in a thinner box. Apple claims that 70 percent more “iPhone” boxes fit on a single pallet during shipping.
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