Apple will no longer include a complimentary pair of wired headphones or a power adapter with new iPhones, the company announced Tuesday as it unveiled the iPhone 12, in an effort to cut down on packaging and reduce emissions.
The iPhone 12 will only come with a USB-C to Lightning cable for charging.
You’ll have to buy a $19 USB-C charging brick separately if you want to use the cable in the box, though you can still charge your phone with any old iPhone charger with a Lightning connector.
Earpods will cost another $19 if you don’t already have a pair or use wireless Airpods.
Apple says the move is part of the company’s effort to become 100% carbon neutral by 2030.
Removing accessories, Apple says, will use fewer raw materials and thinner packaging, which allows Apple to put 70% more units on a single shipping pallet to reduce carbon emissions.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president for environment policy and social initiatives, suggested Tuesday that many customers already have Apple’s wired headphones and charging bricks, saying 700 million Earpods and 2 billion power adapters are already out in the world.
Some criticized Apple for using the environment as an excuse for making changes that result in higher margins and lower shipping costs, especially because Apple isn’t also lowering prices. CNET noted the move may be a way to offset the costs of including ultrawide 5G support, which usually pushes up phone prices even higher. But many assailed Apple for forcing customers to buy yet another accessory. “Apple has found yet another way to force you to buy an expensive dongle/adapter for its expensive gadgets in order to make said gadgets work,” Jason Koebler of Vice wrote.
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Update: Nintendo’s free Switch fitness game, Jump Rope Challenge, was originally slated to be delisted from the Switch eShop on September 30, but that’s no longer the case. As announced on Twitter, the game will now remain available to download “until further notice.”
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Earlier this year, Nintendo released a small fitness game on the Switch eShop called Jump Rope Challenge–a free app that keeps track of how many times you virtually jump rope. If you’ve yet to download it, however, your time to do so is quickly running out, as the game will only be available on the digital storefront until the end of this month.
As the company previously announced, Jump Rope Challenge is being removed from the eShop this Wednesday, September 30. It’s unclear if it will be offered again in the future, so if you’re interested in grabbing it, you should do so before that date.
Nintendo says Jump Rope Challenge was “created by a small group of Nintendo developers while working from home in Japan as a simple game to add some quick and fun movement into their daily lives.” The game uses Switch’s Joy-Con controllers to mimic jump rope handles and tracks how many times you’ve virtually jumped rope each day.
Since its release, Nintendo has rolled out two updates for Jump Rope Challenge. The first added an assortment of costumes based on Nintendo characters, while the second–which arrived earlier this month–introduced a Review Progress screen that you can view after playing 100 days, as well as the option to start a new 100-day cycle. You can download Jump Rope Challenge for free from the eShop or Nintendo’s website.
In other Switch news, Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will soon be able to play another free game: Super Mario