Apple now powered by 100% clean energy WHAT

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Apple has announced that its global facilities, including all retail stores, offices, data centers, and more, are powered with 100 percent clean energy.

 

This number includes facilities in 43 countries, including the United States, UK, China, and India.

 

From the Sauce, Tim Cook:

 

“We’re committed to leaving the world better than we found it. After years of hard work we’re proud to have reached this significant milestone, we’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”

 

To accomplish this feat, Apple has invested in and constructed renewable energy facilities all around the world, such as solar arrays, wind farms, biogas fuel cells, and micro-hydration generation systems, and include the solar panels on the roof of Apple Park, its newest campus, 485 megawatts of wind and solar projects across China, solar facilities in Reno, Nevada and Maiden, North Carolina, more than 300 rooftop solar systems in Japan, and an 800-rooftop renewable energy system in Singapore.

 

Since 2016, 96 percent of Apple facilities have been run on renewable energy, so this 100% clean energy target having been met feels like they finally got the cigar. You know, as in up until now they’ve been ‘close, but no cigar’?

 

We’ll be here all week. Yay for good tech news!

 

(PRODUCT)RED iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Now Available to Order

Special (PRODUCT)RED editions of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were revealed yesterday and are now available to order on Apple.com and through the Apple Store app on iPhone and iPad.

 

The new models are the same price as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus models in Apple’s standard colors.

 

iPhone 8 / (RED) / 64GB: $699
iPhone 8 / (RED) / 256GB: $849
iPhone 8 Plus / (RED) / 64GB: $799
iPhone 8 Plus / (RED) / 256GB: $949

 

The first deliveries will arrive to customers Friday, April 13, and in-store availability at Apple Stores and select authorized resellers will begin on the same day in the United States.

 

Apple’s new (PRODUCT)RED edition iPhone X Leather Folio is also available to purchase for $99 starting today.

 

The (PRODUCT)RED products are part of Apple’s 11-year partnership with (RED), founded in 2006 by U2 frontman Bono and activist Bobby Shriver. The brand and its licensed red-colored products help to raise funds for The Global Fund, which helps people affected by HIV or AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria in eight African countries.

 

For each (RED) product sold, Apple makes a contribution to The Global Fund, and have so far raised over $160 million.

 

PayPal Discounts $100 iTunes Gift Cards to $85

PayPal’s Digital Gifts eBay storefront is discounting $100 App Store and iTunes gift cards t0 $85 which the company has been doing once a month since February.

 

You must have a PayPal account and after your purchase the gift card will then be delivered via email a few hours later. The gift cards will only be valid on purchases made in the United States App and iTunes Stores.

 

This comes as the iTunes Movies store refreshed with a handful of new sales on both HD and 4K HDR films. Besides movie rentals and purchases on iTunes, these gift cards can be used for Apple Music and other iTunes billing subscriptions, album and iBooks purchases, and more.

 

 

Apple Planning iPhones With Touchless Gesture Controls and Curved Screens

There have been unconfirmed reports that in an effort to stand out in the smartphone world, Apple is planning to incorporate “touchless gesture control” and curved screens into future iPhone models.

 

The touchless control feature would apparently let iPhone owners navigate iOS “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.” This technology, if the reports are correct, would still be about two years away, unless Apple finds even better tech to come out with instead.

 

The curved iPhone display feature would curve inward “gradually from top to bottom,” unlike Samsung’s smartphones that curve down and away at the edges of the screen.

 

Along with these claims comes reports that Apple will expand OLED technology to more devices, releasing a larger model iPhone later this year with a 6.5-inch screen, up from the 5.8-inch size in the current iPhone X.

 

The company is also apparently working on an update to the iPhone X’s size and a new, lower-cost LCD model.