Apple And EPEAT Reconciliation Cemented With The Gift Of Gold.

Gaddafi vs Retina MacBook ProSince the release of the Retina MacBook Pro this summer, EPEAT and Apple Computer’s relationship has been a tumultuous one. First they breakup then they makeup and now comes news that the Retina MacBook Pro has received a gold rating on EPEAT’s registry. With a gold rating, the Retina MacBook Pro is considered an “environmentally preferable product” allowing the Federal government, which requires that 95% of their purchases meet this standard, to start buying up the Retina MacBook Pro. How did this happen? Didn’t iFixit refer to the Retina MBP as “Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable.”?

Wired.com posted a great article, from the perspective of iFixit’s CEO Kyle Wiens, about the EPEAT’s epic caving and how it’ll compromise the registry that encourages more sustainable manufacturing and recyclable products. [Wired]

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Apple Decides To Break-Up With EPEAT. (UPDATE: It’s Makeup Time)

Apple and EPEAT break-upThey had a good run but it just couldn’t last. One side was solely focused on creating the most advanced computer on the market and the other hoped meeting those design goals wouldn’t come at the expense of cleaner production and end-of-life recyclability. We were all witnesses to the end of this relationship, especially when the next-gen computer created was described as “Unfixable, Unhackable, Untenable” upon its release.

We’re all holding out hope that you can reconcile. More than likely on updated terms but you two need each other and we need you to need each other. (There’s a thorough article on the Apple/EPEAT break-up on Core77)

Update: July 13, 2012 The relationship is on again and we’re positive it had nothing to do with our article encouraging a reconciliation. According to GigaOM in “Apple backs down: Macs will stay EPEAT certified,” Apple wanted EPEAT back. And outgoing Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, Bob Mansfield, believes that “[Apple’s] relationship with EPEAT has become stronger as a result of this experience.” The Retina display MacBook Pro will not have a room in the renewed Apple/EPEAT household but 39 other Apple products will.

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