Tech Companies: The Fad Of Going Green

Last year, Apple dropped the bomb on their fanbase that they wouldn’t be shipping the chargers and earpods along with their new iPhones.

“Apple is also removing the power adapter and EarPods from iPhone packaging, further reducing carbon emissions and avoiding the mining and use of precious materials, which enables smaller and lighter packaging, and allows for 70 percent more boxes to be shipped on a pallet.”

Now how much of this is true?
None of it. I’ll explain why in a bit.

This year, Samsung announced that they wouldn’t be shipping their new phone with a charger either.
The same company that was mocking Apple for not including chargers with their phones is now copying that move.
Why?
Is it because they’re also “reducing carbon emissions and avoiding the mining and use of precious materials”?

A few years ago, when Apple removed the head jack from their phones in the interest of saving space and making “technlogical progress”, Samsung and other companies made fun of them.
We all know this was a load of crap because they were simply pushing consumers to buy their wireless earpods.
Lo and behold! Samsung and the other companies did the same shit.

Here’s the truth; and everybody knows this, but nobody’s saying or doing anything because they’re blinded consumers – tech companies don’t give a rat’s ass about the environment.
It’s all about the profits – how can we make more money from the consumers? That’s what they’re thinking.

Any company that really wanted to make progress by going green, would design phones with a modular design. All upgrades would be made by simply replacing individual modules.
Such a phone would last for decades.
Customers would spend less money each year, and tech companies would actually be helping the environment.
But y’know what the problem is? The problem is that these companies wouldn’t be making a lot of profits.
Their highest revenue would be the year they sold the phones, and after that, profits would trickle down to a minimum as customers would only buy individual modules when needed.
Now there’s a phone that comes to mind when I said this: the Fairphone.
Now I read about the Fairphone a long time ago, back in 2013, when they launched their first phone.
Within a span of 7 years, Fairphone has only released 4 models. And I think that’s commendable, considering that Apple, Samsung and other phone companies release dozens of phones every year.

If Apple gave two shits about the environment, the iPhone would’ve been designed like the Fairphone and a new model released every 5 years.
I’ve had a smartphone for 5 years and it still works like a champ.
Now when I got my phone, the Fairphone 2 was out. And I wish I’d asked for a Fairphone instead of a Samsung.
On the positive side, I’ve treated my Samsung the same way I’d have treated my Fairphone. I rooted it and installed custom ROMs all the way through. In fact, mine’s now running a personalized custom ROM with Android 10.
Another consideration is that my Samsung cost like 230 bucks while the Fairphone 2 cost 635 bucks. So, there’s that.
Now I feel better about owning my crappy Samsung. The price matters.

Anyway, Apple, Samsung and all the other companies have gone in the opposite direction of the Fairphone.
While the Fairphone was modular by design, one can’t even open the back of an iPhone to replace the battery.
Everything is soldered onto the motherboard, except for the battery and the cameras.
If you wannna see how crappy phone designs with respect to going green, check out Zack aka JerryRigEverything’s channel on YouTube.

What’s the deal with releasing a new phone every year?
Like how much tech progress could you make in a year?

While we’re discussing soldering, can we talk about laptops?
These days, a lot of laptops have soldered memory. That means you can’t even upgrade the memory.
And almost all laptops these days come with an internal battery. You can’t just slide and pop the battery out like my HP Pavilion from the last decade.

There was a time when laptops were modular. You could replace the battery, swap the hard drive, replace the keyboard, screen, almost everything, with relative ease. That’s what old Thinkpads are famous for.

Remember the days when laptops were rugged, made of strong plastic or aluminium? They were chunky bricks designed to stand the test of time.
They could last a decade.

How long does an average laptop last these days?
With all the soldered memory and sealed design, I doubt they’re used for more than 3 years.

Consumerism is on the rise, and it has been propelled by Tech companies like Apple and Samsung. Instead of releasing products that would last a long duration, they design products that hardly last a year before they have problems. That way, the consumer is forced to buy the new one when it’s released.

I’ve read stories of Apple intentionally slowing down old phones to make consumers buy new ones.

Look at the Apple repair costs on the Apple website.
It costs more than my phone to repair an iPhone.

What was Apple’s annual revenue for 2020?
How did they make that money? By screwing over the consumers? By screwing over the workers in Apple factories?

I look at the Macbook prices and it’s disgusting.
I could get a similarly spec’d laptop for half the price.

Anyway, there’s the article. Apple sucks. Samsung sucks. And anyone who buys into this “going green” bullshit has a very low IQ.

My Samsung’s going to last another couple of years. But when I do get around to buying another phone, if I ever do, it’ll be something along the lines of Fairphone or whatever phone that comes at the right price with a modular design.