Apple iPad Mini

Cultural Geography Unit 1 By: Samantha Stevens

Globalization impacts where we live today

Unit One Claim

Globalization and Geography have influenced and has made a huge impact on everyone in the world today. Without geography and globalization, we wouldn't be where we are in the world today. We wouldn't have technology, communication, and new ideas if it wasn't for globalization. And geography influences where we live in the world by the environment, culture, etc.

Globalization in the iPad

Globalization is described in many ways. Some say its countries and nations coming together to communicate, trade, and exchange ideas with one another. The term globalization has been around in the 1960's, but hasn't been really used since since the 1990's. Apple uses globalization when making all their products because they need the supplies for everything they need to make all the electronics, so Apple has to trade with people who have the materials and resources needed to make the devices. So Apple is getting the resources and the other company is getting money, so then both sides are getting what they want.

Effects of Globalization

Culture

Definition: The behaviors and beliefs characteristic of a particular social, ethnic, or an age.

Related to my Product: iPads have expanded all around the world to different cultures, age groups, etc. They have been going to people in the high class and people in the middle class. They go from children to young adults to adults. People of all ages and ethnic social groups have spread rapidly thought out the world.


Economy

Definition: The management of the resources of a community, country, etc., especially with a view to its productivity.

Related to my Project: The manufacturing of the iPads over seas in China are at lower costs due to low labor pays and cheaper materials and resources. Since the labor and material cost are so low, it yeilds a bigger profit. The downside of having iPads manufactured over seas with a low labor cost is taking manufacturing jobs away from the United States


Environment

Definition: The social and cultural forces that shape to the life of a person or a population.

Related to my Product: The manufacturing of how much it takes to make one iPad could really hurt the environment by polluting the air. That is due to the factories running long hour days causing more pollution throughout the area. The good thing about this is that is that the costumers of this product will get it at a higher cost.


Technology

Definition: The branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment.

Related to my Product: Texhnology is related to my product because my product, the iPad, is made from the use of technology. Without technology, we wouldn't have the iPads or any other device in the world today. Also, technology is what brings the iPads to the United States and other countries.

The Pros and Cons of Globalization

Pros:
  • As more money is poured into developing countries, there is a greater chance for the people in those countries to economically succeed and increase their standard of living.
  • Developing countries are able to reap the benefits of current technology without undergoing many of the growing pains associated with development of these technologies
  • Governments are able to better work together towards common goals now that there is an advantage in cooperation, an improved ability to interact and coordinate, and a global awareness of issues
  • There is a greater access to foreign culture in the form of movies, music, food, clothing, and more. In short, the world has more choices
  • Allows me to communicate with people around the world in seconds

Cons:

  • Outsourcing, while it provides jobs to a population in one country, take away those jobs form another country, leaving many without opportunities
  • Although different cultures from around the world are able to interact, they begin to meld, and the contours and individually of each begin to fade
  • There may be a greater chance of disease spreading worldwide, ass well as invasive species that could prove devastating in non-native ecosystems
  • There is little international regulation, an unfortunate fact that could have dire consequences for the safety of people and the environment

This is how globalization relates to me:

One way globalization relates to me is that at stores, I have a wider variety of items to choose from. I don't just have one option of shampoo or clothing, I have multiple options to choose from. Another way globalization relates to me is that many of our manufacturing jobs and factories have been moved to other countries where the labor costs are more cheaper.

Hypothesising

In 15 years, globalization is going to be much bigger than what it is like right now. We are going to have many more resources available for us to use. Apple is going to be much bigger than it is now and there may even be cars driving without human assistance. The teaching in schools are mainly going to be teaching with technology. Globalization is not going anywhere, and it is going to keep growing to make this world a better place.

Problems that Could Happen

Some problems could happen such as, all the planes, trains, and other uses of transportation broke down and there is no way to transport the goods to the US, China, and all the places that the resources come from. That could be solved by fixing whatever broke down. Another problem could be that there isn't more resources available and the thing to do is try to solve that by figuring out if you need to plant more crops in different locations or try to find more resources in different places. One last problem that could happen is that the machines in the factory stopped working or the power went out. You can fix that by having the mechanical engineers fix whatever happened to get the machines working and the power back on. There are many more problems that can happen and the thing to do is try to solve it.

This map shows the route of the transported goods, natural resources, and where the iPad is manufactured/assembled.

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How Does The iPad Get Made?

  • Apple gets the battery from South Korea
  • Apple also gets the power cord from Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
  • And lastly, Apple gets its display from someplace near Indonesia

All those materials are then brought to Apple in Boston, MA where they are then sent to be assembled in Jiuzhi, Golog, Qinghai, China and is going to go to Foxconn in Taiwan where the Apple iPad is made

What it costs to make the iPad Air

Taiwan is where the Foxconn headquarters is located which is where the Apple iPad is made. This picture shows the Taiwan population

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Inside Foxconn: Our exclusive look at how an iPad is made