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Your new iPhone 12 should be $38 cheaper

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I’ve been vocal about my contempt for Apple removing the charger and earbuds from its iPhone boxes without compensating consumers. I’ve written a newsletter about it (sign up here, it’s worth it) and covered the news when it was finally confirmed.

And today we have a bit more information and know how much cheaper your iPhone 12 should be as a result: $38.

There are two reasons we know this.

The first is Apple has updated the price of its EarPods, dropping them $10 from $29 to $19. The second is the company introduced a new 20W charger, which also costs $19. That means Apple values what it removed from the iPhone box at $38.

Apple's new 20W charger
Note: the 18W charger that the new model (pictured) replaced used to cost $29, so you could view this as a $10 discount too.

It’s clear Apple is rolling out these reductions to placate the people unhappy about the removal the earbuds and charger — but this doesn’t make up for that.

But let’s have a little balance. The company removing these accessories is admirable. E-waste and pollution is a huge problem, and tackling it in this manner can make a difference. Such initiatives should be applauded.

The problem is Apple would like you to believe this is an environmental decision, but it’s simply a financial one.

I’ve got no issues with actually removing the charger and earbuds from the new iPhone 12 box. But why is the consumer paying for this? This whole issue could be avoided if everyone who purchases a new iPhone gets a $38 Apple voucher. This could either be spent on the aforementioned accessories, or something else pleasant.

But, of course, this hasn’t — and won’t — happen.

Instead, Apple quietly pocketed the money it saved. It benefitted from not only removing the accessories, but also from the lower shipping costs it pays per device now the iPhone boxes are smaller.

What’s truly galling is the company greenwashing its decision to increase its margins. Let me put it this way: if Apple truly, genuinely cared about the environment, it’d make iPhones easier to repair.

I understand that it’s a private company bent on making a profit — that’s fine — but hiding behind social responsibility messaging just to make more cash is dirty. And disappointing.

But yeah, at least we can now save $10 on accessories we need to buy for our $1,000 iPhone to work.

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Published October 15, 2020 — 08:38 UTC

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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