Re: @lusty and all the others who missed the preceding sentence. OH RLY?
"When people buy Apple stock"
Yes, but we're talking about their profits, which come from people buying their devices. I'm sure I'm not the only one to have a complete mistrust of Google and other companies who have consistently mined customer data for profit and advertising? I don't personally buy the devices because they are more recyclable, but I'm aware of it and it probably would sway me if everything else was equal. I certainly don't buy the devices because their employees have a great health care plan and paternity leave etc. but again, all else being equal I definitely think this is a good thing. It's certainly going to help keep their staff around in the long term making for a more consistent product set.
There are far too many forumites here who assume Apple must be doing evil simply because they are making lots of cash. I prefer to see evidence before assuming bad things. With the competition I see plenty - Sony root kit (amongst other things), Google intrusiveness, Facebook same, Microsoft anticompetitive behaviour. I'm more than happy for someone to point at something Apple have done that's genuinely wrong but in this whole thread that has been missing as far as I can see, and so the argument comes over as simple jealousy of their success. The only one people seem to keep pointing at is that they, along with the rest of the industry, paid Chinese workers local rates for factory work. They were a big target so were attacked for it, and then they began to fix it before any other company even considered doing so. I'd still call that a win.