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To celebrate Earth Day, Apple releases Video Series to address Climate Change, Conservation of Resources and pioneer Safer Materials

The new video series that the tech titan posted on its page features yaks, breathing buildings and making one-half gallon of artificial sweat every day

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The Apple logo is shown above a store location entrance, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, in Dallas. Apple is schedule to release their iPhone 5S on Friday. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez), VOA

New York, April 22, 2017: In celebration of Earth Day 2017, Apple has released a new video series featuring candid interviews with employees leading Apples efforts to address climate change, conserve resources and pioneer safer materials.

The new video series that the tech titan posted on its page features yaks, breathing buildings and making one-half gallon of artificial sweat every day.

As a part of the celebration, Apple told about its new headquarters based in Cupertino, California.

‘Apple Park’, which opened for its employees earlier in April, is the world’s largest naturally ventilated building, projected to require no heating or air conditioning for nine months of the year.

Apple’s new headquarters replaced five million square feet of asphalt and concrete with grassy fields and over 9,000 native, drought-resistant trees, and is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy, the company said.

With 17 MW of rooftop solar, Apple Park will run one of the largest on-site solar energy installations in the world.

According to the ‘2017 Environmental Responsibility Report’ Apple was now powering 96 per cent of its operations with renewable energy in the company’s offices, retail stores and product distribution centres.

Apple is now 100 per cent renewable in 24 countries, including all of its data centres.

In the report, Apple also set an aim to help put an end to mining on earth and said it is planning to use 100 per cent recycled material to manufacture its products.

In 2016, Apple launched Liam, the experimental automated technology that disassembles iPhone 6 for recycling. (IANS)

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Apple Spent Over $30 mn on Amazon Cloud in Q1 2019

In December last year, the iPhone-maker said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019, the report added

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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 its determination to expand its online services like iCloud, Apple spent over $30 million on Amazon’s Cloud services in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019. The amount is 10 per cent higher than what it spent in Q1 2018.

Internationally, there are more than a billion recorded users of Apple devices every month. Given its considerable storage requirement, the company relies on major big cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google, CNBC reported on Monday.

If Apple’s AWS use stays at those levels for the rest of 2019, its annual spending would exceed $360 million, the report noted.

Earlier this year, Apple agreed to spend at least $1.5 billion on AWS over the next five years as part of an agreement. The iPhone-maker’s AWS expenditure may only expand further, said the report.

In a February job posting, Apple said it was looking for someone who could “lead and architect our growing AWS footprint”.

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

For some time now, Apple’s top product — the iPhone — has been experiencing saturation status in the markets because of which the company has begun pointing more to online services as a key contributor.

Talking about the use of Cloud-based services in the past, the iPhone has specified that it uses AWS for iCloud storage. The company however, did not disclose whether any other Apple services depend on AWS or not.

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To support its Cloud needs, the company is also investing heavily into building its own infrastructure.

In January 2018, Apple announced plans to spend $10 billion on data centres in the US within five years.

In December last year, the iPhone-maker said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019, the report added. (IANS)