Apple has announced that a key element will be missing from some of its new products in the future – a USB power adapter.
The iPhone and Mac maker announced the news when it launched the Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE this week, noting that the move was another step in its effort to address environmental issues related to its products.
This means that the new Apple Watch devices introduced by the company will not come with a USB power adapter as they did in the past.
Apple USB charger
It remains to be seen whether Apple will expand this move to cover some or all of its other products as it continues its environmental push.
The company is widely expected to launch its next smartphone, the iPhone 1
Apple’s move means customers looking for a new or replacement charger will have to purchase directly from the company or one of its approved retail partners.
This can prove to be an expensive option for some users as the current Apple Watch USB-C magnetic charging cable retails for $ 29 / £ 29 on the company’s online store and an Apple Watch magnetic charging dock will return you $ 79 / £ 75 .
Apple has taken several steps toward environmental protection over the past few months, announcing in July 2020 that it plans to be carbon neutral by 2030. The company outlined a series of measures to reduce the environmental impact of its entire supply chain and operations as part of a ten-year plan to reduce emissions by 75 percent and develop carbon removal solutions for the remainder of the footprint.
Apple already uses clean energy to power its global facilities and has received similar commitments from 70 suppliers. In addition to increasing that number, Apple will also develop low-carbon product designs, introduce recycling initiatives, and reduce its own electricity needs.