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Wednesday, 29 July 2020  |  Admin

Apple iPhone 12 set for most controversial change ever, but will you loathe or love it?

APPLE is rumoured to be releasing a new iPhone 12 in the coming months, and it could feature one of its most controversial changes ever. Here's all you need to know and what is changing.

If all the rumours are true, Apple will launch its new iPhone 12 range in early September. It's widely-believed the main upgrades to the new device will be support for 5G mobile speeds, a more powerful processor, and improved camera ...but there's plenty of speculation that the US firm is considering one final change that could prove to be its most controversial ever.

Now, those who have followed Apple over the years will know that the firm is no stranger to making radical decisions. Let's not forget that it was only a few years ago that Apple caused outrage when ditching the beloved headphone port from its phone then there was the shock when the MacBook appeared with just a single USB-C port. And it seems more things could be missing when you buy your next iPhone from the Apple Store.

Reports continue to surface about Apple ditching the wall charger, Lightning cable, and bundled headphones from the box with its next iPhone.

That means if you want to charge your shiny new device or listen to your favourite Apple Music playlists, you'll need to splash out extra on these vital accessories. Of course, many will be mightily miffed at this decision – especially as the iPhone already commands a very high price tag and it could now get even more expensive if your next trip to the Apple Store sees you having to splash out on extras just so you can charge the battery!

It may seem like an utterly ludicrous decision, but there's a very important reason why the US firm might be considering this change. With most iPhone owners upgrading with two-year mobile phone contracts, or upgrade schemes like the Apple Upgrade Program, many iPhone fans already have plenty of USB-style plugs and Lighting charging cables clogging up drawers.

In fact, it's actually a growing problem, with reports suggesting that electronic waste could account for as much as 300,000 tons of plugs and cables alone each year. That's a lot of rubbish that could be stopped by simply not placing them for free in the box in the first place.

There is, of course, another important way this change could help the environment as it will allow Apple can make its cardboard packaging smaller.

Of course, this will help the firm save money as it'll be able to squeeze more iPhones into each shipping container that it sails around the globe to stock shelves. However, it will also help to reduce emissions as fewer shipping containers will be needed to keep up with the usual high demand.

If Apple does decide to ditch the plug, USB charging cable and wired headphones from its packaging, it's sure to ignite endless hours of debate. But there is a case for both being annoyed and liking this possible decision.

If you're one of the lucky ones who already has endless plugs and cables you probably won't mind the latest plans – in fact, you might find that you never even bothered to take out the cable from your last iPhone box, preferring to stick with the one already plugged-in beside your bedside table.

However, if you only pick up a new phone every few years and your accessories are long overdue a refresh – let's be honest, those charging cables can't withstand much more than a few years of being used every day – the thought of being charged more just to refill the battery in your new £1,000+ smartphone is likely to leave a bitter taste in your mouth.

We'd love to hear your thoughts. Is this a brilliant decision from one of the biggest smartphone companies in the world that will help tackle the e-waste issue and lead others to follow in its eco-lead? Or is it a ploy to get everyone to cough up a little more for accessories and extras on their next trip to the Apple Store? Let us know what you think in the comments below.