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Some Apple Watches no longer come with a USB power adapter


Apple’s Lisa P. Jackson says that not making USB adapters for the Apple Watch helps reduce the company’s carbon footprint.


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Tired of piling up power supplies every time you get new technology? Apple will no longer ship the little blocks that plug USB cables into power outlets with some new Apple Watches.

The company made the change as part of its efforts to reduce its carbon footprint, said Lisa P. Jackson, vice president of environmental, political and social initiatives at Apple, at an event that announced updates for iPads and Apple Watches Tuesday.

“Sometimes it’s not what we do, but what we don’t do matters,” said Jackson. She added that Apple knows that its customers are building up USB adapters and that millions of them are “consuming resources and adding to our carbon footprint.”

The change doesn’t appear to apply to Apple Watches, which are sold with some luxury cases and straps, including one model with a titanium case and another with a “handcrafted” leather strap designed by Hermes. In both products, the USB power adapter is listed as being supplied with the device.

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on why these high-end models come with the adapters or whether the decision not to ship adapters with non-luxury watches was related to cost. A five-watt USB adapter is $ 19 on the Apple website.

Speaking at Tuesday’s event, Jackson also said that Apple makes products without harmful chemicals like beryllium or mercury and uses 100% recycled rare earth minerals in its devices.

Correction, 12 p.m. PT: This story has been updated to take into account that Apple will be making fewer USB adapters that plug into wall outlets.

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