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Apple's $10 million donation to COPAN Diagnostics from its Advanced Manufacturing Fund led to more than 15 million COVID-19 tests being shipped across the United States, according to an Apple press release.

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Apple's chief operating officer, Jeff Williams, said the company is proud of its continued funding to support frontline healthcare workers who are battling the pandemic across the United States.
We are proud our Advanced Manufacturing Fund is supporting companies like COPAN who are playing a critical role in the fight against COVID-19 and assisting healthcare professionals and communities across the country.
Apple says that it's continuing to work with COPAN and more than a dozen other companies to find new and innovative ways to increase the production of COVID-19 tests by developing new machinery at COPAN's facility in Southern California.

Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund is "designed to foster and support the innovative production and high-skill jobs." Apple's investment in the fund so far accounts for more than $1.3 billion and supports 450,000 suppliers jobs across all 50 states.

Article Link: Apple Donations Help Ship Over 15 Million COVID-19 Tests Across the U.S.
 
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The rest of the world did a better job than the US in 2020 of handling the COVID outbreak.

not that I agree with the post you quoted (I think it makes sense for an American company to focus on its own country and this is a great thing to see) but if it helps I’m from the UK originally and that was a **** show, so I wouldn’t say the US did significantly worse, at least.
 

SnakeEater1993

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Why should they care? It’s an US company. Some people are so entitled. Did you whine as well when Samsung offered help in Corea?
wow you almost sound like Apple's PR executive...Really hope you are because you are the one whining with that answer of yours...
 

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Worlds richest trillion dollar company only donated enough for ~22% of all testing needed in just 1 country. Lol kk how nice of them
 

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not that I agree with the post you quoted (I think it makes sense for an American company to focus on its own country and this is a great thing to see) but if it helps I’m from the UK originally and that was a **** show, so I wouldn’t say the US did significantly worse, at least.
Yeah, plenty of blame for poor handling of COVID, not just in the US.

I just mentioned the US since I live there and the article was about Apple helping out in the US.
 

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What would have been the "proper" percentage and number of countries? How are other large companies contributing?
I don’t know the exact answer to that but I’m going with “not enough.” People need to remember that corporations don’t give a damn about you and will do the bare minimum for brownie points
 

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I don’t know the exact answer to that but I’m going with “not enough.” People need to remember that corporations don’t give a damn about you and will do the bare minimum for brownie points

Did you read that Apple is working with more than a dozen other companies, to increase the production of covid testing, outside of its $10 million donation to COPAN?

All for the "bare minimum for brownie points." Right?

At what level would Apple need to hit so you would not be so outraged. Pick a number.
 

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Did you read that Apple is working with more than a dozen other companies, to increase the production of covid testing, outside of its $10 million donation to COPAN?

All for the "bare minimum for brownie points." Right?

At what level would Apple need to hit so you would not be so outraged. Pick a number.
A while back people guessed that a big announcement would be that they’re making all their retail stores vaccination centres. That’s a good start.

apple isn’t gonna send you thanksgiving best wishes because you’re on here defending their honour like this lmao
 

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A while back people guessed that a big announcement would be that they’re making all their retail stores vaccination centres. That’s a good start.

apple isn’t gonna send you thanksgiving best wishes because you’re on here defending their honour like this lmao
Nor are the critics gonna get sued because unfounded criticism is posted on some anonymous internet board. However, I do believe Apples internal social media group gets these posts in some consolidated fashion and understand that people genuinely support Apple when it is trying to do it's small part to help humanity and ignores unfounded criticism.
 
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Lemon Mac

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Well Apple have to do something to compete with the Bill Gates microchip vaccination program.
 

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not that I agree with the post you quoted (I think it makes sense for an American company to focus on its own country and this is a great thing to see) but if it helps I’m from the UK originally and that was a **** show, so I wouldn’t say the US did significantly worse, at least.
At least the UK tried
 

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A while back people guessed that a big announcement would be that they’re making all their retail stores vaccination centres. That’s a good start.

apple isn’t gonna send you thanksgiving best wishes because you’re on here defending their honour like this lmao

Hardly defending Apple's hour. Nice ad-hominem, and deflection, though.

If you care to answer the questions I posed, feel free.
 
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But $$$ are a measurable contribution.
Yes and I’ve already evaluated their monetary contribution to be basically nothing in the grand scheme of things. You’d think they would be a bit more “grateful” and “all hands on deck” to the country that made them what they are

it’s like when Bezos donated 125 million back in 2020 towards coronavirus relief efforts. That’s the equivalent of the average person reaching into their pocket and pulling out some change. Brownie points and nothing but. If it impresses you sure but I just don’t see how they’re harnessing the immense wealth they have for the betterment of humanity with only single digit percentage contributions.

Should mention that I’m from Canada so I realize I’m posting with a political mindset (of sharing wealth, eliminating wealth gaps, etc) that statistically half of you find repulsive. Oh well
 
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Apple's profit for the rest of the world outpaces that of the Americas (USA != Americas)
They operate in multiple countries and often avoid paying their due taxes like many other large US tech companies

What about vaccines in countries where their employees work? Like in Cork, Ireland etc?
 
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Yes and I’ve already evaluated their monetary contribution to be basically nothing in the grand scheme of things. You’d think they would be a bit more “grateful” and “all hands on deck” to the country that made them what they are
Apples legal obligation to philanthropy is $0. The fact that Apple is getting criticized, Jeff Bezos is getting criticized is not understandable to me. Apple has donated money, time and resources. Only the most ardent critic would get on Apple that they should have done more. They are not a charitable organization, they are a for profit business.
it’s like when Bezos donated 125 million back in 2020 towards coronavirus relief efforts. That’s the equivalent of the average person reaching into their pocket and pulling out some change. Brownie points and nothing but. If it impresses you sure but I just don’t see how they’re harnessing the immense wealth they have for the betterment of humanity with only single digit percentage contributions.
Yes, I'm impressed because he couldn't have donated exactly $1 and have received the same level of criticism from MacRumors members.
Should mention that I’m from Canada so I realize I’m posting with a political mindset (of sharing wealth, eliminating wealth gaps, etc) that statistically half of you find repulsive. Oh well
Differing cultural bases.
 

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Apples legal obligation to philanthropy is $0. The fact that Apple is getting criticized, Jeff Bezos is getting criticized is not understandable to me. Apple has donated money, time and resources. Only the most ardent critic would get on Apple that they should have done more. They are not a charitable organization, they are a for profit business.

Yes, I'm impressed because he couldn't have donated exactly $1 and have received the same level of criticism from MacRumors members.

Differing cultural bases.
Differing cultural bases alright
 
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