This was the week when it was claimed that whatever else Apple, Google, Facebook and the rest of them might be up to, they were also giving Americans jobs. A report from TechNet that used want-ads to guesstimate said that jobs in the so-called App Economy had rocketed from none in 2007 to 466,000 today. This included jobs in " …
"Quite why it's worse because it's Apple is unclear."
That would be because unlike many other companies, Apple aren't using sweatshops to minimise costs so they can undercut competitors while still making a healthy margin. They're just trying to maximise profit, while suing rivals out of the market so they can charge whatever obscene premium they like.
Suggested new motto for Apple: "It just works, or else it gets the hose again".
So in your view anything goes if the stuff gets sold cheap enough.£99 smartphone? Hey go right ahead with that concentration camp.
Rightttt, I'm sure deep inside you're really concerned about the Chinese workers.
There's nothing good about sweatshop labour
On the other hand, there is a lot of difference between using sweatshop labour so you can sell a £99 smartphone, and using sweatshop labour when you're already selling your £499 smartphone for £599. One is making A profit; the other is making MORE profit.
Niether are good. Being a sanctimonious prick about it certainly doesn't make one of them more wrong and neither does the final profit margin. The irony here of course is that Apple seem to be the only one of Foxconn's clients open and honest enough to discuss the workers conditions. Fact of the matter is those that are constantly having a whine about Apple wouldn't be satisfied with any outcome. Next time you're building a computer, only use parts that support your piety. You'll find out 2 things: it's nigh-on impossible to do and will cost an absolute fortune. If you take this approach, I fully applaud you and your effort. Your sanctimony will be fully justified. If you chose to maintain the status quo; shut the actual fuck up.
Truth is, it's a shit state of affairs and it's gonna take more than Apple to help initiate change for the better. The real bad guys here are the hypocrites that chide Apple yet continue to enjoy cheap products.