Monday, 8 January 2018

Two of Apple's major investors urged iPhone maker to tackle children's addiction to iPhones

Two of Apple's major investors have urged the iPhone maker to take urgent action to curb children's growing addiction to its smartphones, amid fears frequent use may be damaging the next generation.

New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, which collectively control $2bn (£1.47bn) worth of Apple shares, said the US firm must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.

At present, parents can block or limit specific apps and features on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
In an open letter to Apple on Monday, the investors suggested the company goes a step further and allow users' ages to be inputted into phones, screen time to be limited, as well as a restriction on use to certain hours.

They also called on the firm to establish a committee of experts to study the impact of technology on children and to assign a top level Apple executive to take responsibility for the issue.

"There is a developing consensus around the world including Silicon Valley that the potential long-term consequences of new technologies need to be factored in at the outset, and no company can outsource that responsibility," the letter said.

"As one of the most innovative companies in the history of technology, Apple can play a defining role in signalling to the industry that paying special attention to the health and development of the next generation is both good business and the right thing to do."

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