Apple to donate to Texas relief efforts, says Tim Cook

What you need to know

  • Apple CEO Tim Cook has shared his support for the state of Texas.
  • He said that Apple would be donating to local relief efforts.

Apple CEO Tim Cook has tweeted in support of the state of Texas and has promised that Apple will donate to ongoing relief efforts in the disaster-stricken state.

Overnight Cook stated:

Our hearts are with everyone across Texas and around the US, including many of our team members, as they endure the impact of the harsh winter storms. Apple will be making a financial contribution to local, community-based organizations to support their relief efforts.

Fierce weather has plagued the state for several days, leading to power outages and blackouts, as well as water shortages. As most recent summarised by The Guardian:

Millions of Texans are facing water shortages after the deadly winter storm ravaging the state caused pipes to burst and treatment plants to back up, disrupting services and contaminating supplies.

Texas officials ordered 7 million people – a quarter of the population of the nation’s second-largest state – to boil tap water before drinking it following days of record low temperatures that damaged infrastructure and froze pipes.

The disruption to water supplies comes after winter storms caused widespread blackouts as they wreaked havoc on the state’s power grid and utilities, leaving millions without power for days.

Apple has seventeen stores in Texas, the vast majority of which are closed. Apple also runs a manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas, where the Mac Pro, including the most recent model, has been made since 2013.

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