Seriously? Is the iPhone that much of a curse upon humanity? That’s what technology writers think. Otherwise, why would they blame iPhone for everything from terrorism to global warming and pollution?
Here’s a good example of the anti-Apple, anti-iPhone bias we see all around us. This one comes from Ed Hardy. The headline goes like this:
Cameras might soon bust drivers who use iPhones
Only iPhones? Not Android-toting drivers who text and Skype while they drive? Oh, the humanity! Oh, the discrimination.
Australia is exploring using cameras to ticket motorists who are on their cell phones while driving. Australia might become the first country to legalize using photographic evidence alone to enforce distracted driving laws.
Oh, I get it. All smartphones. Not just iPhones. So, why is it iPhones are causing global climate change?
Lofti Belkhir’s headline:
How Your iPhone is Heating Up the Planet
Really? I’m sure my Aunt Edna is heating up the planet, too, but I can’t find a headline anywhere about her methane problem.
Having conducted a meticulous and fairly exhaustive inventory of the contribution of ICT —including devices like PCs, laptops, monitors, smartphones and tablets — and infrastructure like data centers and communication networks, we found that the relative contribution of ICT to the total global footprint is expected to grow from about one per cent in 2007 to 3.5 per cent by 2020 and reaching 14 per cent by 2040.
That’s gibberish for tech gadgets are warm and will cause more global warming in 20 years. Nowhere else in the article is iPhone mentioned except the headline.
What does that say? If it’s bad, iPhone must be to blame.
Without actually using one, Jacob Passy thinks the iPhone breaks easily and was released to mixed reviews. I’m thinking from impressed to ecstatic.
Why Apple’s iPhone X is bad — for the environment
Let’s see. iPhone, which makes up between 15-percent to 30-percent of all smartphone sales each year, is bad but other smartphones are not? Somebody dropped their iPhone X and it needed to be repaired because glass.
More frequent repairs won’t just add to consumers’ costs, but the environment’s as well. Smartphone consumption habits have a significant impact on the environment, and less sturdy designs could contribute to the problem.
Wait. We’re back to smartphones again? Not just iPhones? Why the switch?
iPhone causes industrial pollution. In China. Frank Ackerman’s headline:
Your iPhone Causes China’s Pollution
Emissions of carbon dioxide, the principal cause of global warming, grew at a slower rate after 2000 in the United States, and have actually dropped since 2007. In Europe the story sounds even better, as overall emissions dropped from 1990 to 2008, often roughly matching, or in some cases exceeding, the reductions promised under the Kyoto Protocol.
But not in China. Blame it on iPhone and not the steel mills which make Toyotas. A Toyota, you see, uses more steel and glass and everything else than you’ll find in an iPhone. Just a year ago Apple promised to help the planet.
Apple And Climate Change: Company Vows To Stop Mining And Use 100% Recycled Material For The iPhone
You might think that’s a good thing and would help good old planet earth. It won’t help Apple because iPhone must be blamed for everything. Except the election in 2016. Facebook gets blamed for that. And Russians.