Well, this didn’t take very long.
Earlier this week, Apple introduced its new flagship smartphone, the iPhone 12, and with it the company announced its new policy of not shipping a power adapter or wired earbuds with its phones. And of course, other smartphone manufacturers are now making fun of the decision.
Shortly after the iPhone 12 launch, Samsung Caribbean posted an image of a Samsung power adapter on its Facebook page. “Your #Galaxy does give you what you are looking for. From the most basic as a charger, to the best camera, battery, performance, memory and even 120Hz screen on a smartphone,” the post reads.
Xiaomi did something similar on Wednesday. In a Twitter post, the company said “we didn’t leave anything out of the box with the Mi 10T Pro.”
OnePlus, which launched its OnePlus 8T flagship on Wednesday, also pointed out that a 65 charger is included with the new phone.
It’s an easy dig at Apple. Even though the company says it removed these accessories from the box for environmental reasons, the fact is that it does reduce costs for Apple and provides less value for a portion of iPhone buyers (those that don’t have a spare power adapter or earbuds lying around).
However, it’s likely only a question of time before some of these companies fold and do the same thing. A July 2020 report said Samsung was already considering doing this, starting in 2021. It hasn’t officially happened yet. But given that Samsung mocked Apple for dropping the headphone jack from its iPhones, and then followed suit, we wouldn’t be very surprised if it happened again.