Friends of mine who already own an iMac and iPhone are concerned that Apple is not the nicest company. This has been furthered by the following email from their son who is a PC tech. Please read the email below and let me know what you think. Here is the information I was referring to the other day. Please keep in mind, it's not just their manufacturing process I am critical of. It's their data centers, their business practices, their philosophy and more. As you will see, they give little to no thought about the greater good. Artices on Foxxcon (the company that makes all of their products): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/...-look-inside-the-Foxconn-suicide-factory.html http://www.engadget.com/2010/05/19/undercover-chinese-reporter-exposes-foxconn-working-conditions/ A couple of months ago, three employees were killed from an explosion while making iPad 2s due to poor safety regulations. Sure Apple doesn't set the safety regulations at Foxxcon, but they keep hiring them to make their products when they could go with a company that costs more (downside) , but treats their employees like people and saves lives (upside). On Steve Jobs philanthropy: http://www.wired.com/gadgets/mac/commentary/cultofmac/2006/01/70072 http://www.cultofmac.com/does-steve-jobs-care-about-global-poverty/45509 A quote from an artice from Business Insider: He doesnt give any money to charity. And when he became Apples CEO he stopped all of their philanthropic programs. He said, wait until we are profitable. Now they are profitable, and sitting on $40bb cash, and still not corporate philanthropy. Green Apples? I Don't think so: http://www.greenpeace.org/internati...rt-digs-up-the-dirt-on-Internet-data-centres/ Highlights from this article: The $1 Billion (USD) Apple iData Center in North Carolina, expected to open this spring, will consume as much as 100 MW of electricity, equivalent to the electricity usage of approximately 80,000 homes in the U.S. or over a quarter million in the E.U.. The surrounding energy grid has less than 5 percent clean energy, with the remaining 95 percent coming from dirty, dangerous sources like coal and nuclear. Both Yahoo! and Google seem to understand the importance of a renewable energy supply, with Yahoo! siting most of its data centres near sources of renewable energy, and Google is directly signing power purchasing agreements for renewable energy and investing in solar and wind energy projects in many US states as well as Germany. Their models should be employed and improved upon by other Internet ("cloud computing") companies. Apple named "least green tech company" http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/apr/21/apple-least-green-tech-company On top of all of this (and there is a lot more) their entire philosophy is about closed environments. They don't share their code (most companies do). Everything they do is locked down and kept internally. Sure it's their right to do that if they want, but you have no idea how much you benefit on a day to day basis from things that were created by companies and released to the Open Source community. Apple is closed, most companies are open. It's hard to explain to you being a non-techie, but it's really sad, unfortunate and significant. They are anti "anything not nice", it's their definition of what's not nice, and they keep moving the goal post. They have removed dictionaries from their app store because you can look up swear words in them. They advertise how there is no porn on Apple products, then three months later released a Playboy App. They have removed pro homosexuality apps, but left an app on their store for weeks that let you simulate shaking a baby to death. Instead of making better products and innovating they sue companies that compete with them using sleezy tactics like altering evidence (Source) As you can see, my dislike for them is multifaceted. They just aren't a "nice" company. While Google and Microsoft donate millions to charities and schools, Apple donates nothing... NOTHING! Not a penny. Bill Gates left Microsoft to start the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation where they have donated hundreds of millions of dollars to end malaria and other causes. Bill Gates has sworn to donate 95% of his fortune to charity before he dies. It was speculated that maybe Steve Jobs (having not donated anything in life) would make a large donation after death. We now know (with his recent passing) that didn't happen. No, companies and people don't HAVE to donate money, time, resources, technology or man hours to charities, but wouldn't you rather deal with a company that does? Google has their Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System that they have used to help save countless lives. This was started by their employees in their free time and then picked up and supported fully by Google. This costs them MILLIONS to run, but they do it free of charge. After earthquakes, floods, tsunamis etc they actually move satellites around to give rescue teams up to date images of the area. They offer the people finder service so family can be reunited with loved ones and the list goes on and on. They offer free virtual phone numbers to homeless people that they can use form library computers to help them get jobs because it's very hard to get a job without providing a phone number. They offer millions in scholarships to help educate underprivileged kids. They were one of the first companies to offer marital benefits to same sex couples employed by them even if the state didn't recognize the union. They were one of the first companies to officially support and march in the Pride parade. The list goes on and on and on and on and on. Apple does non of this. Yes they make sexy products, but they just aren't a good company, and I can't support that. Hope this helps.