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Steve Jobs making good on his company's promise to be greener

Apple Inc. last made an announcement about transitioning its entire line of LCD displays over to new LED-backlight LCD panels. In a commitment to making Apple a more earth-friendly company, Steve Jobs confirmed that by the end of 2007, Apple will rid itself of all mercury-based fluorescent LCD panels.

This week Apple seems to be making progress on its transition to LED-backlit LCD panels. Reports confirmed that AU Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics all have LED-backlight LCD panels that are under review by Apple. Au Optronics and Chi Mei Optoelectronics are further down the line with Apple, having 13.3-inch and 15.4-inch panels already certified by Apple.

Apple's 15.4-inch MacBook Pro line of laptops are already using the new panels, and the new 13.3-inch certifications indicate that Apple will be transitioning its MacBook line soon.  Coretronic and Kenmos Technology, suppliers of LED-backlights, have been sourced by Apple, with Kenmos being preferred for its integration with Stanley Electric's LED V-cut light-guide panel technology. Because of this, Chi Mei Optoelectronics has decided to use back panels from Kenmos.

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RE: Where can I get info on..
By TomZ on 5/8/2007 8:03:27 AM , Rating: 3
The mercury pollution thing is kind of interesting, especially when we are currently in a transition from incandescent to CFL bulbs that contain mercury, with no effective recycling program in place. I'm still kind of scratching my head on that one.

RE: Where can I get info on..
By daftrok on 5/8/2007 12:43:22 PM , Rating: 2
Its up to the consumer to choose whether or not they want to take time off their day to go to a local store and have the bulbs recycled there. Now I am not 100% certain if they actually suck out the mercury from these bulbs or just toss them in the burner, but that seems to be the most effective option at this time.

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