One recent trend (that is positive, for a change), is a push to mitigate e-waste and to keep mobile devices for longer.
In the past, many users of mobile phones would get a new phone after one or two years, when either a new model comes out or their contract expires, respectively. This generates a massive amount of e-waste as most users simply throw the old devices away, if selling or trading them in yields no value. A prominent example of this shift is Apple’s new trade-in program, titled Apple Giveback. In this program, Apple allows owners of old devices to trade them in for discounts on new devices. If there is no trade-in value, Apple will instead responsibly recycle the old device. Additionally, Apple will disassemble old iPhones with its Daisy robot, allowing them to recover parts that could be reused to create new devices.
The trend to mitigate e-waste is due to increasing public awareness of how wasteful buying new phones every one or two years is. This is partially also due to a plateau in the development of mobile devices, leading to higher prices and thus users buying them less often.
The implications this has for both the domestic and foreign communities is that Apple, as a leader in many ways in the tech industry, hopes that other hardware companies can follow its lead to be more environmentally friendly. Apple already runs on 100% renewable energy worldwide, which is another admirable goal that the industry can strive to achieve.