The MacBook Pro with Retina display, launched during WWDC 2012, is incredibly thin for the amount of processing it can handle. To achieve this design, Apple engineers had to squeeze / glue / weld all internal components to the maximum.
Because of this, the device was severely criticized by iFixit, which rated it 1/10 for repairability – for them, the notebook is the least repairable and the least recyclable on the market.
However, although it is quite difficult to open a MacBook Pro with Retina display, and thus recycle it, it has been approved by the EPEAT classification. This is an important achievement for Apple, as many government organizations and companies use only “green” computers approved by the environmental classification.
Kyle Wiens, CEO and founder of iFixit, found the approval a little strange, as he faced several obstacles in order to dismantle the new MacBook Pro. In a long article on the iFixit blog, Wiens wrote:
Apple’s MacBook Pro Retina – the least repairable and least recyclable computer I’ve found in more than a decade dismantling electronics – has just been verified as “Gold”, along with four other ultrabooks. This decision shows that the EPEAT standard has been diluted to an alarming level.
With a battery attached to the housing, storage devices that can’t be upgraded, and large circuit boards that are difficult to remove, Kyle doesn’t understand how the MacBook Pro won the certificate.
He was not the only one. Greenpeace also published its criticisms of the approval. The non-governmental organization believes that approving “computers with batteries that are difficult to replace” will result in less recycling and more electronic waste.
By making products thinner and lighter, Apple is leaving a huge footprint on the environment. Therefore, with the approval of notebooks such as the MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air, the validity of the EPEAT certificate is being questioned.