Apple encourages waste generation by discouraging consumers to get cheaper third-party repairs
Over 536 Mn tonnes of e-waste was generated globally in 201910. This amount has gone up by 21% in 5 years, wherein only 17% of waste has been recycled10. Over 151.8 Mn cell phones are discarded each year2.
Mining for cobalt used in Apple device batteries causes health hazards in the Congo
Around 2.6 million people are reported to have life expectancy shortened by at least 1 year due to air pollution or lack of access to a safe water source in Congo DRC1. Mining and mineral processing are some of the main causes behind environmental pollution (air, land and water) which lead to an increased risk of disease and cause around 43,000 deaths annually in DRC Congo1.
Apple is missing an e-waste recycling process for 300Mn AirPods sold since launch date in 2016
Apple boasts that it respects user privacy but fails to do so in reality
Around 3.8 billion people in the world use smartphones, accounting for 48.4 % of the global population1. About 27% of the global population uses an AI virtual assistant2. These devices pose a threat to an individual’s privacy3. Smartphone cameras can be turned into spy cameras, and microphones can be used for eavesdropping3. Even virtual assistants are not safe, as 50% of the US users feel that their privacy is at risk as these devices record the voices4.
Apple supports 2.7 million jobs across the U.S.
The U.S. has a labor force of 160.1 million (mn)1. During the start of the pandemic-related lockdowns (April 2020), the unemployment rate has shot up to 14.3%2. In 2021, the unemployment rate came down to 6.3%2. Job creation is a primary force of economic growth3. It stabilizes the economy, brings down unemployment rates, and reduces crime rates as well3. Technology is one the fastest growing sector and one of the topmost job-creating sectors in the U.S.4. Employment in the I.T. sector will grow by 11% during 2019-20294.