Due to a change in French law, Apple will no longer provide EarPods for the iPhone 13, according to reports.
Starting in 2020, Apple will stop providing free headphones and chargers for new iphones. Apple said at the time that the move was to reduce e-waste, help reduce carbon emissions and avoid the mining and use of rare earth elements. And many users have switched to wireless headphones like AirPods.
But The French authorities would not allow apple to do so. According to French law, all smartphones must include a hands-free headset/accessory to protect children under the age of 14 from potential electromagnetic radiation.
To that end, as with previous iPhone 12 models, All iPhone 13 models apple sells in France come with free EarPods with a Lightning port.
But now, with new French regulations, the rules covering the sale of electronics have changed. "In France, smartphone manufacturers are no longer required to provide headphone/hands-free kits," the revised regulation says. The legislation, which came into force at the end of 2021, aims to reduce France's overall "environmental footprint".
According to Fnac, a major French electronics distributor, Xiaomi phones have stopped offering free headsets from January 17, 2022. Apple will also no longer offer free EarPods for the week of Monday, January 24, 2022, Fnac said.
Apple has not commented, but official resellers have been notified, and resellers are notifying customers. On apple's official store, EarPods cost 149 yuan.