iPhone 4 and Apple's silence on pollution in China
Posted in: Mobile & Wireless at 23/06/2010 19:27
Apple has whipped up a storm of anticipation for its new iPhone, which goes on sale in the UK tomorrow, but it's been silent on questions about the phone's environmental impact in China, says Ma Jun
Announcing the iPhone4 at the WWDC conference earlier this month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs said, "it's a major jump from the original models. This is undoubtedly the most beautiful and sophisticated product I have created."
However in sharp contrast with this high-profile release, Apple has been silent about questions regarding their supply chain's heavy metal pollution. On April 16, 2010, 34 Chinese environmental organizations, including Friends of Nature, the Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Green Beagle, questioned heavy metal pollution in a letter sent to CEO Steve Jobs. 50 days have passed, and though the significant problems with the IT industry's violations of heavy metals standards have been reported through media, Apple has not given a word in response.
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