A few even claim the upgrade wasn't necessary, and argue earlier iPhone 11 upgrades were more than enough.
The phone was announced during an online-only event that streamed live on Monday at 1:00 PM EDT, on Apple's YouTube channel. It will hit the market next week, starting from $799.
Some found the upgrade unnecessary
Sam Friedman on Twitter deemed the upgrade unnecessary, saying it isn't a substantial upgrade beyond the iPhone 11, after all. "Processor is still wicked fast, and it’s got a much larger screen for $100 less than the 12," read Friedman's tweet.
The said we save the The environment by - not their cost- by Removing the headphone and the adapter. At least the previous iPhone had 18 watt fast charger and now no charger 😂— OmaniGentelman (@OmaniGentelMan) October 13, 2020
iPhone 12 adapters not included, many disappointed
Many were unhappy the iPhone 12 doesn't come with a charging adapter (it will only have the cable), or a set of headphones. But some saw no problem here, claiming people who regularly buy iPhones have a stockpile of these at hand.
While some people have many of these adapters lying around, not many of them are USB-C, not to mention that many Apple consumers will upgrade from models older than the iPhone 11. Notably, many are likely to buy their first iPhone ever.
Additionally, many didn't withhold cynicism and disdain when regarding Apple's environmental policies.
The only reason for this move was to reduce their own logistical costs and improve their profit margin. Don't believe for a second that this was done to truly help the environment. Otherwise they would've have charged less $ for the device.— Darren Chin (@DarrenAChin) October 13, 2020
Some question the wisdom of selling a phone for $1,000 or more without thinking to include a charger.
How can you even argue against getting a CHARGER with a phone that you pay 1000$+ for? Ive never owned an iphone before, and was looking to maybe switch this year.. So, now If I buy it, I also have to buy the brick seperately??— bawsi (@bawsi4) October 13, 2020
It remains to be seen whether other original equipment manufacturers — like Google's Android and Samsung — will follow Apple's lead. But some might say separate packaging will drive up the waste byproducts of smartphone accessories to a significant degree.