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Apparently, Apple changed their mind about leaving EPEAT after getting an earful from their environmentally conscious customer base. A notice from a senior VP of hardware engineering was posted on Apple's website today that said the company has returned to EPEAT: "We've recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT."
Probably because part of the EPEAT standard is intended to prevent products from being essentially disposable, so there are requirements for repairability of products, and all the recent tear-downs of new Apple products have been pretty consistent with the opinion that they are not easy to repair. Now, is it fair that even if Apple exceeds standards in other areas, it doesn't matter if they fail in the repairability category? Maybe, maybe not. From a practical matter, they have to weigh whether it is cost effective, or even practical, to change design and manufacturing to meet the EPEAT standard in this one category. They may lose some contracts, but if looked at from a cost/benefit perspective, is that enough of a loss to make it financially worthwhile? It seems that Apple may think it isn't.