Climate-change related disasters could make folks even more reliant on devices such as the iPhone

More climate-change related disasters will make iPhones even more vital to people’s lives, Apple predicts.

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“As people begin to experience severe weather events with greater frequency, we expect an increasing need for confidence and preparedness in the arena of personal safety and the well-being of loved ones,’’ the company told Bloomberg. Its mobile devices “can serve as a flashlight or a siren; they can provide first aid instructions; they can act as a radio; and they can be charged for many days via car batteries or even hand cranks.’’

Don’t take this to mean that Apple is for climate change. Quite the contrary. In March 2017, Apple, Google, and Microsoft have teamed up with other corporations in the U.S. keeping to their pledges to combat climate change, despite actions by President Donald Trump.

“We believe that strong clean energy and climate policies, like the Clean Power Plan, can make renewable energy supplies more robust and address the serious threat of climate change while also supporting American competitiveness, innovation, and job growth,” Apple and the other companies said in a joint statement.