Greenpeace Calls Out Apple for ‘Planned Obsolescence’ of Devices


Earlier this year, Greenpeace gave Apple a glowing review in calling the company “the greenest tech company” when compared to others.

But Apple hasn’t escaped the organization’s inspection completely unscathed. As part of a new campaign that aims to get companies like Apple, Samsung, and LG to provide “repairable, long-lasting products,” the company has shone a light on a variety of different Apple products (and products from other companies) that do not fare very well on repairability scores.

To put together their findings, Greenpeace, via the new rethink-it.org site, used repairability scores from iFixit as well as the availability (or lack thereof) of repair manuals and spare parts to come to its conclusions. Those findings were not very favorable for some MacBook models and iPad variants, but the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus managed to do well enough.

Specifically, the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 12-inch MacBook, which both received a repairability score of 1/10. The 9.7-inch iPad Pro and the fifth-generation iPad scored 2/10, so not much better. However, both the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus both received a repairability score of 7/10.

A variety of other companies didn’t do so well, either, with Samsung’s Galaxy S8 only receiving a repairability score of 4/10, and Microsoft’s Surface Pro 5 (the new Surface Pro) getting a 1/10.

You can check out the campaign through the source link below. Greenpeace is also seeking 20,000 people to help get some momentum in their goal.

[via Rethink-it]

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