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.

Environmental friendly

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

  • The high price also lets more people try to repair it than cheap Androids. Some of the competitors have more expensive replacement parts than a new mobile phone (think of curved displays)
  • Longer lasting software support
  • Smaller battery which uses less resources from the environment
  • Smaller range of products — repair shops can concentrate on some products instead of trying to have replacement parts for a really big Android or Windows device world

Problems

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

  • Only special devices can copy this pairing
  • It becomes more difficult to open the products
  • Many things like display and battery are glued and need special devices which work with the optimal heat
  • Many parts or schematics which could be used to repair devices aren’t even offered by Apple

Advantages over Android

  • Longer software support (even cool programs like Android One are getting less popular). Android One offers a guaranteed time of getting updates but many hardware partners are moving away from this program. Even with Project Treble which makes it easier to offer Updates for Android devices many OEMs still don’t do this over many years
  • Less battery usage (so smaller batteries and less used Lithium) but better performance thanks to a better processor architecture
  • Less diversify, thus a shorter list of replacement parts
  • Repair knowledge concentration on a smaller list of devices, thus better support against the big Android or Windows world

Summary

  • Advantages are often not really intended but a by-product
  • Lots of Bashing — but Apple has environmental advantages over many other producers
  • Many people in social media blame only Apple but the competition is not really better

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