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Dirty Secrets Apple Doesn’t Want You To Know

blackfeminism:

#1 The Nature of the Beast

You don’t become the most powerful electronics company in the world without doing some dirty work. You can’t have $150 billion in cash without cutting some corners. It’s hard to keep your prices reasonable without exploiting people.
I present: Apple Inc.

#2 They Exploit Cheap Labor in China

For optimal profit margin Apple must produce the iPhones for cheap. Since Apple only uses top quality electronic parts, the difference is made up in cheap labor. 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.

#3 They Recently Shifted Production Away from Foxconn….to an Even Worse Company

Foxconn 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 .8% profit margin and is facing worker’s rights violations.

#4 They Pollute Horrendously

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.

#5 They Sell iPhones WAAAAAAY Above Cost

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

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.

#7 They Haven’t Really Innovated in Years

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.

#8 They Use Conflict Minerals in Their Products

The iPhone and other Apple products have the conflict mineral Coltan in them. Coltan is heat resistant, and ideal for transmitting electric charges. 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.

#9 They Let the Government Spy 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%.

#10 They Helped Kill the Record Industry

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.

#11 They Don’t Let You Turn off Your Phone

Even when an iPhone is “dead” 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. Oh that’s right, no you can’t.

#12 They Only Just Started Giving to Charity

As soon as Steve Jobs returned to Apple he discontinued their charity program, saying it’d be started up again when they were more profitable. Well, it wasn’t until Tim Cook’s reign as CEO of the biggest company in the world, that Apple donated $100 million dollars. While generous, it hardly makes up for the decade of giving nothing, and still is 1/15th of what Berkshire Hathway donated in the same year.

#13 They Patent Every Possible Thing, Stifling Innovation

Apple recently sued Samsung for a half-billion dollars claiming Samsung copied the iPhone’s front face appearance, rectangular shape, and icon grid. The worst part is: they won. Competition is great for the consumer as it drives down prices and spurs innovation, but difficult when Apple claims ownership over the rectangle.

#14 They Try to Manipulate You

Remember insecure teens: Hip sweater-wearing Justin Long is a Mac, and fat balding businessman is a PC. We’re already judged on our clothes, body, car, house, and school and, thanks to Apple, now we’re judged on which word processor we use and the color of our headphones.

#15 They Don’t Pay Much in Taxes

Apple keeps most of its money in an Irish subsidiary company created to avoid the US government’s taxes. Apple is only taxed by the US on domestic and South American sales, although their CEO Tim Cook told congress there are ways of avoiding even that, which Apple isn’t utilizing out of patriotic duty. Thanks Tim!

#16 They Don’t Play Well With Others

Apple did away with the pre-installed YouTube app, started their own maps to combat Google’s, and demanded Amazon pay a percentage of all sales through its app. The only one they hurt was you. Apple Maps is a disaster, you now have to go onto Amazon’s website to buy stuff, and download the Google Maps and YouTube apps separate (they’re among the most successful apps, anyways).

#17 They Rip You Off on Accessories

There isn’t information on the markup Apple applies to their $40-$50 cases, but similar ones can be found on eBay for $5-$10. They pedaled different speakers, alarm clocks, cords ect., then changed the plug shape and now charge $29 for a converter so you can keep using the products you bought.

(Source: factsandstufff)

congenitalprogramming:

stvincentinexile:

If you are part of a privileged group and have to constantly demand that somebody in an oppressed group say “not all (insert privileged group here) are like that” 

what you are really demanding is that they reassure you that you’re not like that and you’re not being held accountable 

which is a cowardly thing to do and also shows the great lengths you will go to in order to avoid examining your role in a toxic system

This right here. This is the kind of thing I think about the few times someone tries to accuse me of being racist towards white people, or hating white people or whatever, because like…

Half of my friends and loved ones on the internet and IRL are white. The thing is they’d never say ‘not all white people’ because they KNOW I’m not talking about them- because THEY are clearly not like that. So the whole ‘not all white people’ thing is obvious and they don’t feel the constant need to be placated/reassured.

(Source: anafieldelaunay)

nedahoyin:

toneyspeaksloud:

Nicki Minaj shining a light on the differences on acceptable sexuality from white women and black women.

While it has a good deal to do with color, it also has to do with the fact of how her sexuality is used.

The women above her could arguably be said to be catering to the sexual needs/wants/fantasies of men (Sports Illustrated is ESPECIALLY known for catering to a male gaze.)  While Nicki Minaj has continuously used her sexuality to empower herself.  Her sexuality isn’t for men, it’s for her own self.  And THAT is a huge problem.  Sexuality that isn’t designed for male consumption is deemed unacceptable and threatening.  She is powerful, demanding, uncompromising, and men are weak, so that scares them.

And it’s also because she’s of Indian/Black background, no doubt about it.  It’s not just racist, it’s also sexist.

#reblog again

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occupythedisco:

When Beyonce released a song about how women run the world, with video set in a post-apocalyptic landscape which had women of varying race, ethnicity and body sizes confronting a group of male soldiers, the response was that she was out of touch and clearly had no idea what women actually experienced. Fast-forward two years: Britney Spears releases a single entitled “Work Bitch”, with a video featuring her whipping and subjugating multiple women. It’s described as her “leading the charge in feminist pop music”.

karnythia:

Children of color are old enough to face racism when they’re born. Old enough to bear the weight of stereotypes & hate before their little eyes can focus. But somehow white kids are supposed to be too delicate & too shielded to even know race exists because somehow that might hurt them. When your definition of innocent child doesn’t include my babies? I know what you’re on & I don’t have any patience for the lies you tell yourself or your children.

joshpeck:

12yroldblogger:

OH MY GOD

my only question is why