The web was abuzz this week with the launch of the iPhone 6, but just how eco-friendly is this new gadget from the world’s coolest tech company?
According to Tuesday’s live-streamed event in Cupertino, Calif., Apple’s commitment to the environment includes a mercury-free, arsenic-free, and beryllium-free iPhone 6, among other things. This follows the company’s official ban, a few weeks ago, of benxene and n-hexane — two toxic chemicals previously used in the final assembly of Apple products.
Those who speculated we’d be able to charge our phones with their screens are sorely disappointed. The much-anticipated iPhone 6 screen — which Apple said today is indeed “laminated to a single crystal of sapphire, the hardest transparent material after diamond” — may be manufactured using solar power. But it isn’t (yet) a built-in solar panel itself.