If current rumors are anything to go by, Apple will be discontinuing many of its device accessories this year and replacing them with more sustainable alternatives. We have already reported that it is available for the iPhone no more leather cases should give. And the Apple Watch should too no more leather bracelets offered by Apple receive. One day before Special Event, where new iPhone and Watch models are presented, I found another rumor: Apple wants to replace its silicone cases and bracelets with alternatives made from more sustainable materials.
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Apple wants to replace silicone with recyclable materials
According to Entry at MacRumors, where they refer to a Japanese source called “kosutami“As of the iPhone 15, there will no longer be any silicone cases with MagSafe. With regard to the Apple Watch, there will no longer be any new silicone sports bracelets and solo loops starting with the Series 9 and the models expected for tomorrow. It is also said that silicone accessories for Apple AirTags will also be sold in the future. The source from Japan mentioned is also the one that previously leaked the braided USB-C cables, which should be included with the iPhone 15.
No immediate replacement of existing offers
It is assumed that the transition from silicone accessories (and so-called fluororubber) to the respective alternatives will not be quite as hard a cut as with leather items. This means that current offers will continue to be sold and will be replaced piece by piece with cases, straps and holders made of other materials. While silicone accessories have a lower carbon footprint than leather accessories (and are not made from animal skins), they are still not a sustainable material. It is a synthetically produced material that is virtually impossible to recycle. I have an interesting summary on the environmental friendliness of silicone found here.
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