December 9, 2023

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Some Apple watches do not come with a USB power adapter now


Apple’s Lisa P. says the company’s no longer making USB adapters for the Apple Watch will help reduce carbon footprint. Jackson said.


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Sick of accumulating power adapters every time you get a new tech? With some newer Apple watches Apple will no longer send small blocks that plug USB cables into power outlets.

The company says it made the change as part of an effort to reduce its carbon footprint Lisa P. Jackson, Vice President of Apple’s Environment, Policy and Social Programs, at the event announcing the updates IPods and Apple watches Tuesday.

“Sometimes, it’s not what we make, but what we can’t do,” Jackson said. Apple knows that its customers are accumulating USB adapters and earning millions of them “consumes resources and adds to our carbon footprint,” she said.

This change does not apply to Apple watches sold with certain luxury cases and bands, including a model With titanium case And another with a “handcrafted” leather watchband Designed by Hermes. Both products list the USB power adapter that comes with the device.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on why these high-end models came with adapters, or whether the decision not to send adapters with non-luxury watches was related to costs. Five watt USB adapter Costs $ 19 On Apple’s website.

At an event on Tuesday, Jackson also said that Apple was making products without harmful chemicals such as beryllium or mercury and using 100% recycled rare earth minerals in its equipment.

Correction, 12 noon PT: This article has been updated to reflect that Apple is making fewer USB adapters to enter power outlets.

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