Tuesday, October 20

Apple denounces the company that destroyed its iPhones and iPads for fixing them and selling 100,000 second-hand

More than 100,000 Apple devices that should have been disassembled and recycled have ended up on the second-hand market. And the controversy is served: If they work … why did Apple want to destroy them? Dozens of millions of smartphones are thrown away every year. A device that is not only highly polluting, but also contains abundant precious metals. Apple recycles hundreds of thousands of smartphones and tablets each year, extracting valuable metals and working parts, and disposing of the rest. To do this, it uses specialized companies such as GEEP Canada, which it has denounced for reselling more than 100,000 devices that it should have destroyed. Apple has its own recycling machines like Daisy and Dave, but they are not enough for the hundreds of thousands of damaged devices that it receives its technical service, so it hires outside companies like GEEP Canada to recycle and destroy them. But, according to The Logic, Apple has filed a complaint in which it accuses GEEP of having stolen 103,845 iPhones, iPad and Apple Watch, which it has resold in the second-hand market instead of destroying them. According to this complaint, the Canadian company received around 500,000 Apple devices for recycling, between 2015 and 2017. But during an audit, Apple discovered that 18% of them were still connected to the telephone network, when they should have been destroyed. Taking into account that many iPad and Apple watches do not have a cellular connection, the percentage will surely be higher. Surface Laptop Go is Microsoft’s lightest laptop, ideal for teleworking and studying. With camera enhancements for video calls, full keyboard, instant power on, fast charging and all-day battery life. GEEP Canada has denied that it has resold these devices, but does not deny that they are indeed on the market. He assures that they were stolen by three employees of the company. Something that Apple denies in the complaint itself, arguing that one of those employees is the senior manager of the company, the person most responsible for its management. Beyond the existence of the crime, the question that many people ask is why Apple wanted to destroy more than 100,000 devices that are still working, as shown by their being sold on the second-hand market. As explained to The Verge, Apple argues that “products sent for recycling are no longer suitable for sale to consumers and if they are rebuilt with counterfeit parts, they could cause serious safety problems, including electrical or battery defects.” They say it is like a floating lamp on the lake at night in Singapore, but it is inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. Apple shows us what is undoubtedly the most spectacular Apple Store in the world. Sure, many recycling specialists will not agree with that, and if a smartphone is recoverable installed other equivalent parts, it does not have to be unsafe or dangerous for health. But this is Apple’s policy, which as we say has nothing to do with the serious fact that a company hired to recycle, supposedly keeps more than 100,000 devices, and decides to resell them. Apple claims more than 20 million euros in damages.


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