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CO2 emissions depending on the iPhone chosen

CO2 emissions depending on the iPhone chosen

iPhones have been around for almost 15 years now. When Steve Jobs decided to create his own brand of smartphone, he understood that people were looking for simple and fast devices, he wanted to conquer a small part of the market but did not expect Apple to grow so much (top 3 phone manufacturers). Now that the brand is known and in demand worldwide, it is Apple's duty to create smartphones that are good for the environment. 🍃

Here is a list of CO2 emissions depending on the iPhone you choose, it is important to know that as the GB increases, so does the CO2 emission but we will only talk here in minimum phone capacity.📱

  • For the pros, it will be necessary to count between 69 KG (13 pro) and 80 KG (11 pro max)
  • For the minis, between 61 KG (13 mini) and 62 KG (12 mini)
  • iPhone 8: 57 KG
  • iPhone X: 79 KG
  • iPhone XS: 70 KG
  • iPhone XR : 62 KG
  • iPhone SE 2020: 57 KG
  • iPhone 11: 70 KG
  • iPhone 12: 68 KG
  • iPhone 13: 64 KG

But where do these emissions come from?

The packaging and distribution of the devices represent only 3% of the emissions over the life of an iPhone. We can see, however, (thanks to Apple's 2021 report on their civil liability) that 71% of the emissions produced by an iPhone would in fact come from its production, which we can explain by the fact that the brand uses far too much aluminium.🔧

To sum up, the "perfect" phone would be the 2020 SE, a fluid phone, normal size, released 3 years after the iPhone 8, so with a good camera and a better battery. But most importantly, it is also one of the most CO2 efficient iPhones.

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