Apple Says LED Backlit LCDs Coming this Year
May 4, 2007 12:01 AM
comment(s) - last by
Making a comment on being earth-friendly, Steve Jobs announces LED back-lit LCD panels
The last time Steve Jobs made a personal comment on Apple's front page was when the company was criticized for having let one of its suppliers,
Foxconn, treat workers poorly in foreign countries
. Jobs stepped up and attempted to ease the tension alongside
Apple having launched its own probe into the affair
. Today, Apple posted another press release
signed by its chairman and CEO
to make a commitment into being a more environmentally friendly company.
Coincidentally, Apple also slipped in a tidbit about the future of its LCD displays. Jobs mentioned in his post that one of the key areas that his company was striving for was the removal of mercury in the use of its products. Mercury is a chemical element that is present in LCDs that use fluorescent tube backlights. Apple will announce LED backlit displays within 2007, which eliminate the use of mercury, Jobs said.
"Fortunately, all iPod displays already use LEDs for illumination, and therefore contain no mercury." Jobs said. "Our ability to completely eliminate fluorescent lamps in all of our displays depends on how fast the LCD industry can transition to LED backlighting for larger displays."
Users will gain several advantages with the arrival of LED backlit LCD panels. One key advantage is LED backlit LCD panels have greater backlight uniformity than cold cathode fluorescent tube-based LCDs. This gives professionals more color accuracy and a larger gamut. Of course being green means energy saving, and LED panels use far less energy than fluorescent tubes.
Jobs also mentioned Apple is very
committed to reducing e-waste around the globe
and his company is looking into new ways of designing more earth-friendly products as well as sourcing new materials.
"Apple is already a leader in innovation and engineering, and we are applying these same talents to become an environmental leader," Jobs said.
After Jobs' announcement, Greenpeace quickly responded by indicating that because of Apple's new commitments, it will update Apple's 2.7 out of 10 rating to a approximately a 5.
"Apple fans have greeted this campaign, and they have made clear what they want-- an Apple which is not just green skin-deep, but green to the core," the Greenpeace said.
The Greenpeace group also asks that Apple develop a program to recycle unwanted products in an earth-friendly fashion, and Apple is doing just that. Old iPods will be accepted at all 150 Apple stores in exchange for a discount on a purchase of a new iPod. Oddly enough,
Greenpeace was kicked out of MacWorld late last year
for voicing its opinions on products being displayed at the show.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
5/4/2007 8:22:10 PM
While you are correct that "perfect image reproduction" is a limit that we can only approach -- never reach -- with physical display technology, it is absurd to suggest that we don't bother trying. That is akin to saying that the last ten years of rapidly improving game graphics have been a waste of time, since they'll never be "perfect".
Likewise, people should never try to improve themselves in any regard, because they can never achieve perfection and that makes the attempt pointless. I'd hate to see that world.
I, for one, welcome an increased color gamut in my computer display because unfortunately, I can't just pick up and go see the heather hills of Scotland or the mountains of Mars on a whim. What I see on my monitor is as close as I'm going to get.
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
A Call for Nanopollution Awareness
January 19, 2007, 1:50 AM
Greenpeace Gets Ejected From MacExpo
October 26, 2006, 10:20 PM
Foxconn Sues Two Journalists Over "Sweat Shop Labor" Stories
August 29, 2006, 3:32 PM
Apple Releases Results of Foxconn Probe on Employee Treatment
August 18, 2006, 1:16 PM
Google's Gleaming Glass HQ Gets Mountain View Snub, LinkedIn Gets the Love
May 7, 2015, 6:58 AM
Tech's Tax Day Fortunate Few: Qualcomm, Xerox, GE, et al. Pay Little or No Taxes
April 15, 2015, 11:30 AM
LinkNYC Terminals to Blanket New York City With Free WiFi, Free Calls, and Ads
November 17, 2014, 6:50 PM
Microsoft is Open-Sourcing Most of .NET, Adding OS X and Linux Support
November 12, 2014, 8:27 PM
Home Depot Lost 53 Million Emails, Blames Windows, Buys Execs New Macs
November 9, 2014, 5:00 PM
Former NSA Lawyer: If Google, Apple Encrypt User Data, They’ll Wither on the Vine Like Blackberry
November 6, 2014, 12:15 PM
Most Popular Articles
America's Largest Cable Company, Comcast, Sees Internet Subscriptions Pass TV
May 4, 2015, 2:46 PM
Hot Microsoft Lumia 940 Shows Off Benchmark, Fall Launch w/ Windows 10 Eyed
May 29, 2015, 7:15 PM
Editorial: Apple Say Watch is "Not [Selling] Enough" -- What's Gone Wrong?
May 29, 2015, 11:11 AM
Study Shows Prior Owner's Data is Easy to Recover From Used Android Phones
May 26, 2015, 9:54 PM
Samsung and Marvel Team Up for Slick Iron Man Avengers GS6 Edge
May 27, 2015, 10:54 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2015 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information