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  • Apple made secret 5-year $275B deal with Chinese government

    Let's see. Invest in training for workers to develop cutting edge production and supply chain technologies. Invest in transitioning suppliers to renewable and cleaner energy sources. Sounds like something the U.S. should be interested in but Apple's not in the Military/Oil/Coal/Pharma industries so U.S. Gov doesn't care.
  • Apple worker walkout organizers issue demands, size of strike unclear

    Apple retail employees, including Part time, employees do get benefits. Pretty nice ones. Sick play, vacation pay, stock purchase plan, 401k, products discounts personal and family/friends. Also healthcare  and life insurance. Tuition  subsidies. And more. Pretty darn good for retail and best I’ve ever had in 30 years of working in the world. 
    As for opportunities - they are there, but I think many employees over estimate how many opening there are. Many new employees have dreams of working in Cupertino.  With  100 to 300 employees per store and 500 stores there are more retail employees than in all of Cupertino. The road to corporate is riddled with unqualified people that full of themselves. 

  • The critics were impossibly wrong: Apple CEO Tim Cook was -- and is -- the right person fo...

    Having worked at Apple both under Steve and Tim's tenure I can say that when financial success came to Apple employees shared in that success. Employee stock purchase plan, health insurance options for part time employees, education reimbursement, COVID support, stock grants across all parts of the company not just for Cupertino. As for suppliers Apple has steadily prodded their suppliers to provide better working environments, limits on hours worked, workplace audits on hiring and employment practices.
     Few westerners realize the cultural differences that influence the employer/employee relationship in other countries. It is not just a case of employers driving the employee with a whip, many workers are coming from rural areas and are driving themselves into the ground to save a family back on the farm. China, Indonesia, Brazil, India and others are evolving much as the U.S. did in the 1890's - 1920's and they are progressing fast, faster than the U.S. I think.
    Point being Apple is not perfect but has consistently driven to be a better employer and is holding their suppliers to a higher standard than most other companies. And that drive accelerated under Tim and company (except for the period during the :the asshat: before Angela). 
    Thanks to Tim, all of Apple and most of all to the Apple Customers that make it all possible. 
  • Apple hourly workers feel helpless under punishing pressure & mistreatment

    Apple retail is not easy by any stretch. The product knowledge piece alone has ballooned in the past 15 years from 8 product and service lines to over 20 lines with another 20 sub categories. Then you need to know  a myriad of carrier plans, financing plans and trade options. That's the sales side. Technicians just had iPods and Macs not that long ago. In fact "relationship" repair was the primary task of the 'Genius' bar back when. 
    I've been a part of every roll in the store in my tenure, save for management - been there done that, not worth it to me. That said I've seen Apple Retail grow from 100 stores to over 500 stores world wide. Head counts in stores  have quintupled. Training has varied from 3 days and you're on the floor, to two weeks and weeks of mentoring. Apple Store customer experience used to compete with Computer City, Best Buy and carrier stores, they still do. But now they compete with the expectations Apple created from past visits. A tough and ever higher bar customers reset every day.
    I could go on but few are still reading this... Apple is a great way station for those young people to learn business and customer skills. As a lifetime career choice, not so much. Sure there are paths to other parts of Apple, but few realize there are more Apple retail employees than all of the rest of Apple. The stock options and benefits are wonderful. But after 5 years of the Genius Bar there are many companies that will take on that experience for more pay and less pressure. Just remember this as much as you think you won't miss the customers - you will. They are the greatest (except for those that aren't)
  • Snapchat says it's happy to pay Apple 30%, wouldn't exist without iPhone

    The other option for developers is taking on the risk of creating their own platform and ecosystem, nurture it for 40 years, build the goodwill and customer base, compete with other multi-billion dollar companies, while exhibiting technical, design and financial discipline to become successful.
  • 'Captain America' star Chris Evans misses the Home Button, says new iPhones too heavy

    Pretty safe way to get your name in the news. Kudos to his publicist.
  • Ex-Apple engineer explains why the first iPhone didn't have copy and paste

    Beats said:
    It’s insane how much work Apple has to do to invent the first iPhone. Swiping, scrolling and pinch-to-zoom were insanely great innovations.

    Only for Android to come along and copy all the hard work. Imagine how that felt?
    Imagine how the inventor of the wheel has to feel.
  • COVID outbreak on 'Mythic Quest' set strains ties between crew and producers

    15-20% of people infected with COVID-19 require hospitalization costing on average $35,000 for an insured patient, $78,000 for an uninsured or out of network patient. I don't know about others but not an expense I would want to put on others let alone have to pay for both my wife or myself.
    Thank you to all of the healthcare workers and their support staffs that are bearing the burden caused by the Deniers.
  • Lightning versus USB-C: Pros and cons for the iPhone

    I say provide Europeans a Lightning to USB-C adapter the first year, pay the fine, listen to the howl and then go wireless.
     Let them talk themselves to death, and bury them with their own confusion
  • Shopify demos Apple's RoomPlan, strips all furniture from room

    Attention realtors, home shoppers and TV home design mavens.