Ten Dirty Secrets Of Apple
In order to gain maximum profit, Apple only uses best quality electronic parts. In order to cover up the cost of expensive electronic parts, Apple exploits its workers by gave them less wages. The NYT reports that workers at Foxconn, the former manufacturer of the iPhone, make $22 for a twelve hour shift, and are often forced to work even longer hours. There were so many suicides in the on-site dorms where the workers live that Foxconn had to install nets on the sides of the buildings.
#9 Production Shifted From Foxconn , To An Even Worse Company
We just saw that Apple exploits their workers at foxconn. It got bad press for exploiting workers so they had to increase worker salary, which means they had to charge Apple more, which means Apple took its business elsewhere. Enter Pegatron. Apple's new Chinese partner, since taking on Apple's business, has a 0.8% profit margin and is facing worker's rights violations.
#8 Apple Spreads Pollution
Apple is also responsible for spreading huge amount of air pollution. In 2011 Apple was responsible for putting 23.1 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere. And while Apple says they're working diligently to decrease their carbon footprint, their emissions rose 34% in 2012. Ever wondered the reason behind global warming?
#7 iPhones Are Overpriced
The profit margin behind every iPhone is huge. IHS Inc. reports that an iPhone costs $207 to manufacture. They sell them to wireless carriers for around $580. The number varies by model, but overall Apple usually sells at a 49-58% markup, while the industry average is closer to 30%.
#6 They Screw Over Wireless Carriers, Who Then Screw You Over
OK, this is a bit technical but try and understand what we want you to understand. Wireless carriers know they can either offer their customers the iPhone, or see them leave for a company that does. Apple knows this too, so they force the carriers to sell the iPhone for $200 after selling it to them for $580 (a $380 loss). The providers' are forced to make up the difference by raising rates on your text, calling and data. Verizon recently eliminated unlimited data and charges heavily for overages, and AT&T increased data prices by $5 per month.
#5 Innovation Is Missing
Apple lacks innovation. From years it is the same. In 2007 Apple released the revolutionary iPhone. It's been six years and it's the same except thinner, faster, and with a better camera. Oh the iPad? It's not new. The iPad was what an engineer originally brought to Steve Jobs, who told him to make it smaller and give it phone capabilities.
#4 They Use Conflict Minerals In Their Products
A mineral named Coltan is a very controversial mineral. Coltan is heat resistant, and ideal for transmitting electric charges. The iPhone and other Apple products have the conflict mineral Coltan in them. This mineral is rare, expensive (a mine can be worth hundreds of millions of US dollars), and prevalent in war torn Congo. Since 1998, 5-7 million people have died in an ongoing civil war being fought, largely, over control of the mines. The mineral can be found in most electronics company's products, but Apple is the world's biggest and should start the trend of boycotting conflict minerals.
#3 They help government In...
They help government in spying on you. A document leaked to The Guardian details an NSA program called Prism that legally peeps in on your calls, texts, web habits, and location. Obviously the wireless providers are the main culprits, but given the billions of dollars in business Apple does with companies like Sprint, AT&T, and Verizon, the chances of Apple being in the loop are nearly 100%. and your privacy is certainly in danger.
#2 Industry Killer
Apple has this unique record of killing the most number of industries ever. Since iTunes opened, record sales have dropped by 50% across the board. Borders and Tower Records have closed, as have countless thousands of independent record stores. This has forced artists into selling their albums on iTunes, where Apple takes 30% and the record company 60%, leaving the creator of the content with around 10% of its sales.
#1 Your Phone Is Off? Not Really...
Most of us don't know about this. Even when an iPhone is "off" it's still traceable, which is why Find My iPhone works no matter what. Also, even when not on data or Wifi, satellites can pinpoint your iPhone's location. On top of that, the new M7 chip makes tracking your exact movements and speed possible. But you can always just take out the battery.
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