Yeah, these major companies (and their figureheads) have a history of back-stabbing, exploitation, or other shady shit.
But if the point is to introduce new scholars to the chance to get education, experience, and an opportunity to make connections in the industry, I don't see how this initiative is a hollow one.
You don't even necessarily have to work for Apple. My brother went through a number of research programs, but that doesn't mean he was forever beholden to his initial sponsors. Once he had the requisite experience and credentials, a number of companies started attempting to recruit.
If the point is getting a stable, well-paying job, then that's what a lot of these kids are going to get so long as they put in the work.
They may even have the experience at that point to be able to have a go at starting their own companies.
Whether Apple is genuinely "woke" is almost irrelevant. It's hard to see how this is meaningless given all the knock-on effects we are going to see come out of it.
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