Apple decided that the iPhone 12 would be the first of its smartphones to launch without the EarPods and a charger included in the box. However, there is one country where it cannot remove EarPods for fear of breaking the law.As MacRumors reports, France insists that every mobile phone includes some form of hands-free kit or headset with the aim of protecting children under 14 from exposure to electromagnetic waves. Failure to comply with this rule results in a criminal fine of 75,000 euros. With that in mind, Apple will ship the iPhone 12 to France with headphones and a USB-C to Lightning cable in the box. There will be no charger, however.
Apple has also decided to remove the headphones and charger from the iPhone 11, iPhone XR, and iPhone SE, but the same concession will have to be made for these handsets in France. It is surely a headache for Apple due to the extra packaging and weight involved, but France has a population of over 66 million, so it is well worth it for the company.
It is hoped that existing chargers, headphones and earphones will be used by consumers purchasing a new iPhone, but Apple has also chosen to lower the price of the EarPods and the 20W power adapter by $ 10 each. The new MagSafe chargers are sure to be popular, and you can bet Apple is putting a lot of marketing money behind them to encourage new purchases.
The iPhone 12 starts at $ 699 for the iPhone 12 mini, $ 799 for the standard iPhone 12, $ 999 for the iPhone 12 Pro, and $ 1,099 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 and 12 Pro will be available for pre-order on October 16 and delivered on October 23. Anyone wanting an iPhone 12 mini will have to wait until November 6 to pre-order and November 13 for delivery. The iPhone 12 Pro Max will only go for pre-order on November 13 before releasing on November 20.