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Apple has unveiled its latest iPhone models: the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. All four of these new handsets support superfast 5G mobile data speeds, upgraded cameras with Night mode capabilities from the selfie and ultra-wide shooter, and the A14 Bionic – the “fastest ever smartphone chip,” according to the Californian company. Unfortunately, these new updates come at a cost. Apple has increased the price of the iPhone 12, which starts from £799 compared to £729 charged for the iPhone 11 last year. The iPhone 12 Pro keeps the same £999 starting price, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max costs £50 less than its predecessor, so that’s something.
You’ll need that extra cash in your pocket as Apple has dropped the wired EarPod headphones and charger from the box of all new iPhone models.
During the online-only announcement of the new iPhone models, the Cupertino-based company said it made the decision to drop these peripherals from the box to reduce electronic waste – as most customers already have wired headphones or have switched to wireless options – like the £159 AirPods. According to Apple, ditching the plug and headphones enables Apple to shrink the physical size of the packaging to squeeze more boxes into every shipping container results equates to removing 450,000 cars from the road each year.
It’s an impressive statistic and an incredible benefit for the planet. However, there is an issue.
While most people already have a few iPhone mains charging plugs lying around at home – these won’t work with the charging cable included with your new iPhone. That’s because Apple has switched to Lighting to USB-C cables with all of its new smartphones.
Until now, these cables were only included with the iPhone 11 Pro, while the iPhone 11 used the Lighting to USB-A cable.
While the Lighting to USB-C cable enables fast wired charging …you’ll need to buy a new plug to connect it to the wall. Of course, if you already have an iPad Pro charging plug, or any recent Android smartphone plug, you’ll be able to connect the cable to that. If you don’t have any of those wall plugs in your home, you’ll need to cough-up £19 for the charging plug from the Apple Store.
It’s also worth noting that the new MagSafe wireless charging puck, which magnetically snaps to the back of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro to wirelessly charge the new models, doesn’t ship with a plug either. So adding one of these to your basket when pre-ordering the new iPhone at check-out won’t solve your problem.
The MagSafe charger costs £39, so that’s a total of £58 to connect it to the socket at home. Of course, you’ll be able to charge your new iPhone by connecting the cable to your laptop – as long as it has a USB-C port, like most recent Apple MacBook and Chromebook gadgets already have. Those with older iMac or Windows machines are out of luck though.
If you’ve still got an old charging cable and wall plug from a previous generation of iPhone lying around, this will work with the new handsets. However, you won’t benefit from the faster charging speeds.
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