This is a lesson many of us learn throughout our lives: first they laugh at you, then they copy you. This is exactly what Xiaomi did when Apple made fun of her stop shipping wall chargers with its iPhones earlier this year. In the biggest twists and turns, just two months later, Xiaomi now thinks making wall chargers out of its phone boxes is a great idea. I bet a lot of people at Apple say: mm-hmm.
As spotted by the edge, on Saturday Lei Jun’s CEO of Xiaomi announced that the company’s upcoming Mi 11 phone will not include a charger. Lei, who commented on the Chinese social media network Weibo, said the company decided not to include chargers to protect the environment, adding that everyone has a lot of them idle chargers. Xiaomi launches Mii in China Monday.
LeadThe announcement comes more than two months after the company made fun of it on social media by showing the charger in the box for its Mi 10T Pro.
“Do not worry, we did not leave anything out of the box with the # Mi10TPro,” Xiaomi wrote Twitter shortly after Apple debuts the iPhone 12 and announced its new loading policy.
But Xiaomi was not the only one who laughed. Samsung also cheerfully joked with its competitor and a photo of his Galaxy charger on social media with the headline: “Included with your Galaxy.” Nevertheless, Samsung was recently caught removing its messages about the charger because it is to be heard also the chargers in the holder with its Galaxy S21 series, which looks like it will be start in January.
When Apple announced that it would not include a charger or headphones for environmental reasons back in october, it reasoned that customers already have more than 700 million lightning headphones and that many use wireless headphones anyway. It is stated that there were two billion Apple power adapters in circulation, as well as billions more third-party adapters, and that the removal of both articles was environmentally friendly.
The move was initially announced as a victory for the environment until people realized that Apple would change the cable that was in the iPhone 12’s holder to a USB-C to Lightning. Since almost every previous iPhone has a USB-A wall charger, it’s hard to defend the “everyone already has a charger” argument.
It’s a good thing to do to minimize environmental waste, and it’s something we all need to think. If Apple’s move Xiaomi, Samsung and others to reduce their charging waste apply to them. But if you say you want to reduce waste, focus on reducing waste, instead of selling chargers separately. The planet cannot afford empty promises.