Apple’s move away from shipping iPhones with chargers in the box has helped bring a lot of attention to the creation of waste related to electronic devices that are no longer needed now. A new report shared by the UK Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has accused Apple of not doing enough.
The main gist of the argument seems to be that Apple “glues and solders parts together on their laptops” which in turn means that repairing those devices is more difficult than it otherwise might be.
That, in turn, means that people have to replace devices more frequently than they otherwise might.
According to The Guardian, Apple was surprised by the report, saying that it is “disappointed” with it.
We were surprised and disappointed with the Environmental Audit Committee’s report, which does not reflect any of Apple’s efforts to conserve resources and protect the planet we all share. There are more options for customers to trade in, recycle and get safe, quality repairs than ever before, and our latest Apple Watch, iPad, and iPhone lineup all use recycled material across key components. We will continue to work with parliament and the government to document Apple’s industry-leading commitments and to support our common effort to leave a clean economy and a healthy planet for the next generation.
Apple’s move to ditch chargers was said to be a move to help the environment by reducing the number of chargers that end up being discarded because they aren’t needed. Some have suggested that’s nothing but a way for Apple to save money, although the truth is likely a little bit of both. Whatever the reasons, Apple does seem to be setting a precedent with Samsung now also said to be considering following suit.
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