Apple environmental friendly?

Why Apple Products aren’t as environmentally problematic as many believe.

Apple bashing is popular these days. Louis Rossmann, Hugh Jeffreys and others are talking about repair issues on YouTube, Mark Zuckerberg sees Apple as an unfair competitor and Xiaomi mocks Apple for Not Including Charger and then does the same.

So in this world where Apple bashing is popular I wanna tell you my opinion.

I bought my first new Apple Products this year (primarily caused by the impressive performance of the M1), but I already have used used Apple Devices for a longer period.

I am by no means an Apple Fanboy. My main daily drivers where Android, Linux (Arch Linux and Debian) and Windows devices and I will continue to use these devices alongside my new shiny Apple stuff.

Besides that I am a Xiaomi, Fairphone and Lenovo shareholder and currently no Apple shareholder — so my financial interest is the success of the competition, not the success of Apple.

After clearing my position on Apple as a company I wanna share you why I think Apple is not as environmentally problematic as many blame them.

Environmental friendly

There are some points which make Apple devices kinda environmental friendly:

Problems

Most of these Problems do not only affect Apple devices, Androids have the same issues.

Advantages over Android

Summary

I wanna note that if you really have a problem with repairability then you should buy something like a Fairphone.

BUT you should know that you can get much more performance for your money from Xiaomi or Apple and you can buy used Xiaomi phones with a better performance than a Fairphone cheaper as some of the Fairphone parts costs.

I have repaired Xiaomi phones in the past, so it is not impossible. Displays for low-end Xiaomi devices do only cost around 20 EUR — that’s 4.5 times cheaper than a Fairphone 3 Display!!! (For the 90 EUR cost of a Fairphone Display you can even get a new phone from Xiaomi)

Someone who buys a expensive product will be more likely to try to repair it than someone who buys a cheap product and unfortunately even companies which were known to offer repairable devices like Lenovo are doing things like soldering more and more RAM onto the Laptop instead of using slots…

Originally published at https://blog.m5e.de.

Software Developer and Investor from Germany. Writing about Software, Tech and Investments.

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