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The True Cost of an iPhone

The True Cost of an iPhone


We all know that every small device we hold in our hands has a history that starts long before it is manufactured and doesn’t end when we give it up for a newer model. Jen Rhee and her team of designers are not satisfied with those vague generalities. They want details.

Armed with the facts, they create infographics that reveal the true cost of an iPhone. That brilliantly designed little smart phone will never look quite the same. As we open those amazing apps, share photos with friends, text our pals and even make a phone call or two, here are some of the things we are contributing to:

  • 112 of 158 suppliers have not stored or properly handled chemicals, according to Apple’s 2011 audits
  • The notorious Foxconn factory in China
  • Miscarriages in Guiyu

Care2 Causes bloggers have taken Apple to task for its environmental record (see links below). This infographic is a visual brain hit, a handy reminder that all our buying decisions have impacts that ripple outward.

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Graphic credit: Jen Rhee and her team of designers

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11:21PM PDT on Jul 12, 2013

I feel happiness to read the content that you are posting.

6:04AM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

Finally this means the usage of iPhone or other phones in any terms are harmful and we should stop using it. But the thing is that none of us are going to do so as with the advancement in technology simple or smartphones has made our job much easier by providing an platform where we can connect globally.

10:38AM PDT on May 28, 2012

I do not like all this electronic stuff. A computer for info, a cell phone for calls and a mp3 for music are enough for me.

3:52PM PDT on May 23, 2012

i personally dont like Iphones, and i dont see how anyone could, a phone should not have that many functions on it

12:11PM PDT on May 23, 2012

Thanks. Very informative article. People need to be more conscious of their actions and the consequences they can have.

12:16AM PDT on May 23, 2012

This is exactly why I have always been so anti apple, the bastards are as greedy as microsoft but act all holy and divine. They hold back their newer models exactly at the time when everyone has gotten used to the older one and then they launch their so called latest one and all the idiotic people rush to buy it. Exactly why I have never owned an apple product and will make sure that I dont either.

11:54AM PDT on May 22, 2012

I don't own a phone at all because I am too physically clumsy to use a phone I can afford. Phones I could afford has too small buttons. The Jitterbug, that has larger buttons, I can't afford.

7:53AM PDT on May 22, 2012

This presentation kinda disappointed me. How are we supposed to win against these extremely powerful and unethical corporations if our campaigns against them contain questionable statistics and dodgy argument? Seriously, 50% of the population has nomophobia? What population? And the claim that 43% of China's rivers are unsuitable for human contact, and that 750,000 Chinese people die of air pollution annually, is included directly after the statistics about iPhone manufacturing plants. But obviously, these problems are very complex and are not exclusively caused by Apple. Looks like these statistics were just thrown in because they look good - but surely it would be more compelling to know the impact that Apple is having? Similarly, It also said that 7 out of 10 women in Guiyu "have too much lead in their blood". What does this have to do with Apple??

5:32AM PDT on May 22, 2012

Yes and no to the survey at the top. I had 0 plans of buying something so expensive in the 1st place, however I now have more reasons to avoid this little device. I am so cheap I am still using the free phones I got with my plan nearly 4 years ago. I replace them as they break beyond repair.

11:26PM PDT on May 21, 2012

I am not really sure that the iphone is all that much worse than any other product -- but our "need" to have the newest version as soon as it comes out is a major problem regardless the product.

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