Apple has made a u-turn on a decision last week to remove its desktops and notebooks from the EPEAT 'green' registry following a public backlash from consumers, educational, state and government departments who were left unable to purchase the company's computer products.
Apple acknowledged it was a mistake to remove its products from the environmental registry. In an open letter published on their website, titled "A letter from Bob Mansfield", the firm's senior vice president of hardware engineering wrote: "I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT."
Apple inexplicably chose to withdraw all previously certified products from the registry last week, cutting ties with the environmental impact rating system that countless government agencies and organizations rely upon to make their purchases. It is believed that questions raised regarding the serviceability and recyclability of the new MacBook Pro notebooks prompted Apple's decision to withdraw from the registy. Just a few days earlier, iFixit's teardown of the new retina MacBook Pro had concluded that this was Apple's least repairable laptop ever.
Despite the whole debacle surrounding Apple's withdrawal, the company insisted at the time that it makes the world's most efficient computers, a fact Mansfield once again pointed out in the open letter: "We make the most energy-efficient computers in the world and our entire product line exceeds the stringent ENERGY STAR 5.2 government standard. No one else in our industry can make that claim."
Mansfield also feels the IEEE 1680.1 standard could be improved further and provide stronger protection for the environment if it were revised to include advancements such as those made by Apple with its own products.
He also believes the relationship with EPEAT is now stronger as a result of the recent actions by Apple, and reaffirmed Apple's commitment to designing products that consumers would be proud to own and use as well as kinder to the environment. "We look forward to working with EPEAT as their rating system and the underlying IEEE 1680.1 standard evolve."
The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is equipped with a third generation Intel Core i7 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 8GB of DDR3L 1600MHz RAM, 256GB of flash storage, Intel HD 4000 Graphics, a discrete Nvidia GeForce GT 650M GPU with 1GB of GDDR5 memory and a built-in FaceTime HD camera. It sports a SDXC card reader, HDMI port, two USB 3.0 ports, MagSafe 2 power connector and a dual Thunderbolt ports.
The MacBook Air sports a 1.8GHz dual-core Intel Ivy Bridge Core i5 processor that Turbo Boosts up to 2.8GHz, 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM, 128GB of flash storage and integrated Intel graphics. It is still extremely thin and lightweight at only 0.68-inches at the thickest part and 2.96 pounds. The MacBook Air carries a 13.3-inch diagonal LED backlit display, operating at 1440 x 900 with a 16:10 aspect ratio.
The Apple iPad (3rd-gen) includes a Retina Display operating at a resolution of 2,048 x 1,536. Powering the new iPad is a dual-core A5X processor with quad-core graphics, it also gets upgraded optics in the form of a 5MP backside illuminated sensor that features a 5-element lens, IR filter and ISP built into the A5X chip. Apple claims The new iPad is good for 10 hours of battery life and nine hours when using 4G LTE.
The iPhone 4S looks identical to last year's model but comes in a new 64GB flavor and upgrades the camera to include an 8-megapixel sensor with improved low-light performance and 1080p video capture. In terms of performance the new iPhone is reportedly up to 2x faster and is also capable of running on faster HSPA+ networks, reaching theoretical download speeds of up to 14.4Mbps.
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