Apple is mulling leaving out both the charging brick and headphones from its next-gen iPhone 12 range in a move thought to be environmentally minded. The company might offer customers the charging brick as an add-on at point of purchase.

It’s the annoying Apple story of the year that we are already bored of, but the rumour of a USB-C cable in the box rather than a USB-A cable is worrying for Apple’s plan. If the company was hoping to ship fewer charging bricks, assuming people have one at home already that they’d be able to use, they are more than likely to have USB-A connections.

The only iPhones to ever ship with USB-C charging bricks are last year’s iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, meaning the majority of iPhone owners will not have a charging brick that the braided USB-C to Lightning cable could even plug into.

If the rumour turns out to be true, Apple may be able to pull off a policy that will make it appear environmentally minded while at the same allow it to sell a ton of add-on charging bricks. Colour us sceptical.