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

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 CEO Tim Cook Bullish on Preventative Healthcare Technology, AR

I view AR like I view the silicon here in my iPhone, it's not a product per se, it's a core technology," he said

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Apple CEO Time Cook. Wikimedia Commons

Calling Augmented Reality (AR) the next big thing in technology, Apple CEO Tim Cook has reiterated his commitment towards building more preventive healthcare tools in devices like Apple Watch.

In a conversation with IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan here on Monday, Cook said the company is investigating technology that could help identify health risks at an early stage, reports Silicon Republic.

“I think you can take that simple idea of having preventive things and find many more areas where technology intersects healthcare, and I think all of our lives would probably be better off for it,” Cook said.

The cost of healthcare can “fundamentally be taken down, probably in a dramatic way” by integrating healthcare technologies in consumer devices like Apple Watch, he added.

The medical fraternity has welcomed the ECG app and irregular rhythm notification feature on Apple Watch (Series 4 and 5) that can help identify atrial fibrillation, or AFib which is the most common form of arrhythmia.

The sound-monitoring Noise app and menstrual cycle tracking Cycle app have also been released with watchOS 6.

“Most of the money in healthcare goes to the cases that weren’t identified early enough. It will take some time but things that we are doing now — that I’m not going to talk about today — those give me a lot of cause for hope,” Cook told Shanahan.

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New iPhones worth the cost: Tim Cook. IANS

There have been numerous cases where Apple Watch has saved lives globally.

IDA also presented Cook with the inaugural ‘Special Recognition Award’ for Apple’s 40 years of investment in Ireland.

Calling AR the “next big thing” in tech, Cook said he thinks it’s something that doesn’t isolate people.

“We can use it to enhance our discussion, not substitute it for human connection, which I’ve always deeply worried about in some of the other technologies,” said the Apple CEO.

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Cook always compared AR with the ubiquitous smartphones.

“I regard it as a big idea like the smartphone. The smartphone is for everyone, we don’t have to think the iPhone is about a certain demographic, or country or vertical market: it’s for everyone. I think AR is that big, it’s huge,” Cook told The Independent newspaper.

I view AR like I view the silicon here in my iPhone, it’s not a product per se, it’s a core technology,” he said. (IANS)