Apple’s announcement of an iPad with increased memory suggests frequent incremental updates of already existing models and a need for electronics remarketing
Apple has introduced another product to the market, but this time it is not an innovative device or updated version of the iPhone. To put it simply, Apple has increased the memory of its current fourth-generation iPad (released in November 2012) from 64 gigabytes to 128 gigabytes. There are no new applications or updates on the iPad apart from the memory expansion. Why would Apple release another iPad with twice the memory as their last? Competition of course! Samsung has a similar 128GB device coming to market and Microsoft announced the Surface Pro, a 128GB tablet, in direct competition with Apple tablets. According to the Huffington Post, some Apple stores will exchange old model devices for newer released ones. A few Apple stores extended their return policy when recent-buyers of the third-generation iPad were upset with the quick release of the fourth-generation iPad. They allowed consumers at select stores to exchange and trade for the updated version. Hopefully there will be some accommodation for consumers this time around.
As desktop computers become more obsolete, consumers are ditching their old electronics and turning to tablets. Now, with updated iPads and tablets coming to market more frequently, consumers are constantly replacing their mobile devices with the new version. Many of these products are nowhere near their end-of-life stage. If recycled responsibly by an IT asset management and disposal company, like HOBI International Inc., the devices have a chance of being refurbished and remarketed to consumers. When consumers replace the iPad with twice as much memory as the previous one, what is to happen to their perfectly usable iPads?
Business is mobile, which means people are conducting business through mobile devices. When the mobile devices, such as tablets and iPads, are no longer being used, businesses need a company they can trust for electronics remarketing. At HOBI International Inc and many other IT asset management companies, the goal is to maximize the value of disposed mobile devices through electronics remarketing. HOBI is proud to have developed an extensive global retail and wholesale customer base.
Companies partnering with a responsible recycler must be certain their electronics remarketing program involves proper data erasure. Unless they can verify 100 percent of personal programmable data has been eliminated a company cannot be sure sensitive data will not be leaked. It is not enough to wipe your devices back to factory settings because personal and corporate information can still be traceable. Responsible recyclers will ensure all data is destructed from start to finish before beginning remarketing.
While recycling is necessary, electronics remarketing for consumers to reuse the devices reduces the amount of e-waste disposed in the environment. IT asset disposal companies have the ability to refurbish devices and recover parts for electronics remarketing.