tech giant Apple is considered the largest company in the world with a market capitalization of 3 trillion US dollars. It is logical that the company also has a lot of competition. In the video games sector, Sony has the edge with the Playstation, otherwise it competes with Microsoft (Windows) or Samsung (smartphones), among others. With Android there is also a mobile operating system that is very common and stands up to iOS. And as is now being reported, some Apple employees are actually turning to the foreign alternative. That sounds strange – and yet it is also understandable.
Apple employee: It’s about money
According to a new report by the Washington Post, the reasons given by Apple employees are not of a technical nature. It remains to be seen whether Android is that much better than iOS. In fact, it’s about something much more important: money.
More precisely, it is about wages. In the USA, numerous employees of Apple stores are pushing to finally found a union. The reason for this is low salaries – the report puts them between 17 and 30 US dollars per hour – which do not develop in line with inflation.
The situation is becoming increasingly precarious for many, some struggling to keep their heads above water: “They are struggling and they are not doing well and we work for a company that has the resources to take care of them,” says an employee about the colleagues.
Instead of Apple: Android out of fear
To promote the formation of a union, employees meet in secret and use encrypted messaging services to avoid being caught by their bosses. Android-powered smartphones also come into play here. In this way, one would like to avoid Apple possibly monitoring its own iPhones, although the company emphasizes that it respects the privacy of users.
Apple managers have already begun to dissuade the workforce from forming a union. It’s a bad idea that would lead to lower wages and no bonuses. Higher wages are also said to have been offered in order to cancel the project. But some were paid less than a dollar more per hour.
It remains to be seen how Apple will ultimately react to this and whether the employees can implement their plan. Meanwhile, business goes on: Apple is now sending the iPhone 14 into production.
Source: Washington Post