NEW YORK ― Apple announced bundle deals on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
In the deal, the company is offering AirPods at up to 50 per cent off if purchased with the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus.
Besides, the company is offering free Apple Music for six month. These offers are available until November 14, which is when its festival season offers and discounts on other products are coming to end.
Called promotional savings by Apple, the AirPods bundle deals on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus encompass the AirPods (3rd generation) with Lightning Charging Case, AirPods (3rd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case, and AirPods Pro (2nd generation) with MagSafe Charging Case (USB-C).
Apple’s progress on using recycled materials is notable given mining often drives conflicts and ecological degradation. But in the eyes of some sustainability experts, it’s also a red herring that has turned public attention away from a bigger problem.
“Recycling is actually a distraction,” said Gary Cook, who directs global climate campaigns at environmental NGO Stand.earth. When it comes to lessening climate impacts, “repair is much more important,” Cook said according to Bloomberg.
Data from Apple shows roughly 80% of an iPhone 15 Pro’s full lifecycle carbon emissions are wrapped up in its production. That means the longer consumers hold onto their device, the more emissions they would help prevent.
“The worst recycling is better than the best mining, but it doesn’t mean that recycling is the greenest thing to do,” says Josh Lepawsky, a professor who specialises in electronic waste at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Extracting copper, gold and other minerals from retired handsets and making new ones requires energy. “What they’re presenting as a closed circle is actually not closed,” Lepawsky says.