The new iPad has a battery that guarantees longer performance. But does the lower energy consumption guarantee smaller footprint?
Apple stirred up the spirits over the last year with its dubious practices in China from suspicions of factories committing environmental crimes to reports of poor working conditions and sheer exploitation of factory workers. Yet, nothing can cast a shadow over the excitement caused by the announcement of iPad 3 due for release on Friday. Experts claim that its best feature is its battery which runs for the stunning 10 hours before depletion. The previous version would run low after six hours. The tablet provides energy efficiency but does it save energy?
Not so long ago when Apple were releasing the first iPad the company issued an environmental report outlining all the features of the device and practices involved in its production that reduced environmental impact. The iPad was portable, multifunctional and it was expending less energy.
The huge popularity of the tablets and e-readers has contributed to the gradual disappearance of the paper print. Yet, while many trees might be saved from chopping, many carbon emissions will still be released in the process of manufacturing and getting the tablets out to consumers.
Over the last decade we witnessed the rise of the phone – millions of phones were constantly being replaced by continuously evolving models. Now, the same story is repeated with the tablet. Thousands of fully-functional devices will be dumped only to be replaced by the new shinier releases. Energy efficient or not, the tablets will leave their footprint until some better device replaces them.
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