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Apple Imparting Health Education to Supplier Workers in India

Apple conducted 770 assessments of facilities in more than 30 countries in 2018, covering 93 per cent of the company's supplier spend

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The Apple logo is shown outside the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, California. VOA

There has been a substantial gain in health education among the workers at the Apple supplier Wistron Corporation’s manufacturing facility in India, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker has announced.

In its 13th annual “Supplier Responsibility Progress Report”, Apple said that there has been 85 per cent increase in knowledge about early cancer detection, 60 per cent increase in knowledge about nutrition and 54 per cent increase in knowledge about diabetes, hypertension and cholesterol among the supplier workers in India.

Taiwan-based Wistron Corporation is currently manufacturing iPhones at its facility in Bengaluru amid other expansion plans in the country.

Apple in 2017 launched the health programme, using a peer-to-peer training model, at several supplier facilities in China in an effort to empower women in its supply chain with information to maintain their health.

“As the health programme expanded to India, we partnered with St. John’s Medical College (in Bengaluru) to conduct a needs assessment of the health and well-being of supplier employees,” Apple said in the report that came out late Wednesday.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

“Based on assessment findings, we developed and launched a training curriculum to improve health knowledge in key areas. St. John’s also provided nutrition consultation that has led to improvements at several supplier cafeterias,” the iPhone maker added.

Apple aims to bring health awareness programming to one million people at suppliers around the world by 2020. As of 2018, over 250,000 supplier employees have participated in health training globally.

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Overall, Apple trained 17.3 million supplier employees in workplace rights and 3.6 million received advanced education and skills training globally in 2018.

Apple conducted 770 assessments of facilities in more than 30 countries in 2018, covering 93 per cent of the company’s supplier spend. (IANS)

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Apple Introduces First, Fastest 8-core MacBook Pro

These new processors are combined with powerful graphics and Retina display, super-fast SSDs, Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Apple has updated its MacBook Pro with 8th- and 9th-generation Intel Core processors, bringing eight cores to the computer and making it the fastest Mac ever.

Starting at Rs 1,59,900 and Rs 1, 99,900 respectively, the updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and 15-inch MacBook Pro will be available through Apple Authorised Resellers later this week in India, the company wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday.

This is the first time the iPhone-maker has added eight cores to MacBook Pros to allow the devices to perform twice faster than a quad-core MacBook Pro and 40 per cent better than a 6-core MacBook Pro.

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A guest looks at the Touch Bar on a MacBook computer shown in a demo room following the announcement of new products at Apple headquarters, in Cupertino, California. VOA

“We’re constantly amazed at what our customers do with their MacBook Pro and now with 8-core processors, we can’t wait to get it into our customer’s hands to see what they do next,” said Tom Boger, Senior Director of Mac Product Marketing, Apple.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro now features faster 6- and 8-core Intel Core processors, while the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar features faster quad-core processors.

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These new processors are combined with powerful graphics and Retina display, super-fast SSDs, Apple T2 Security Chip, all-day battery life and macOS.

“Music producers can play back massive multi-track projects, 3D designers can render scenes up to two times faster, photographers can apply complex edits and filters up to 75 per cent faster in Photoshop, developers can compile code up to 65 per cent faster in Xcode,” the post added. (IANS)