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Apple Trained 17.3 mn Supplier Employees in Workplace Rights in 2018

The company also worked with suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 466,000 annualised metric tonne, which is equivalent to taking 100,000 cars off the road in one year

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Apple trained 17.3 million supplier employees in workplace rights and 3.6 million received advanced education and skills training globally in 2018, the company said on Wednesday.

All final assembly sites for iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, AirPods and HomePod are now certified Zero Waste to Landfill, while conserving billions of gallons of water and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, Apple said in its 13th annual “Supplier Responsibility Progress Report”.

“Our commitment to the people who make our products possible and the planet we all share is why, every year, we raise the bar for ourselves and our suppliers,” said Jeff Williams, Apple’s Chief Operating Officer.

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

The Cupertino-based iPhone maker added career-building courses for supplier employees that included App Development with Swift. The programme’s first participants created more than 40 apps ranging from workplace tools to gaming.

“Last year, more than 1,500 employees at our suppliers earned a college degree, adding to the thousands who have taken advantage of education programming which expands every year,” informed the company.

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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

In 2017, Apple introduced a special health programme for women with suppliers in India and China.

In the programme, participants learn about nutritional, maternal, and preventive healthcare and are encouraged to share what they learn with their co-workers, families and friends.

In India, Apple’s partner Wistron Corporation is manufacturing iPhones at its facility in Bengaluru.

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Apple aims to bring health awareness programming to one million people at suppliers around the world by 2020.

“In prioritising Zero Waste to Landfill, Apple suppliers have diverted one million tonnes of garbage in just three years. Apple’s clean water programme expanded to 116 suppliers, resulting in 7.6 billion gallons of water saved in 2018 – one gallon for every person on the planet,” informed the company.

The company also worked with suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 466,000 annualised metric tonne, which is equivalent to taking 100,000 cars off the road in one year. (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)