• Your favorite

    Apple

    ,

    iPhone

    ,

    iPad

    ,

    iOS

    ,
    Jailbreak
    , and
    Cydia
    site.
  • Death By iPhone?
    Well this didn't really spark my interest because I obviously have a complete disregard of my own personal health . . . but since about everyone has requested that I post it in news here it is

    Environmental group Greenpeace on Monday announced that it had found hazardous materials in Apple’s iPhone. The group commissioned the tests on the iPhone to measure both internal and external components.
    According to Greenpeace the tests revealed chemicals that included “phthalates” in the vinyl plastic earphone wiring at levels that are prohibited in young children’s toys in San Francisco and the European Union (EU).
    The test also found brominated compounds in half the samples, which can create dioxin when burned, according to the study. The compounds comprised 10 percent of the total weight of the flexible circuit board in the iPhone, the group said.
    “Apple missed a key opportunity when it rolled out the iPhone in June,” said Rick Hind of Greenpeace. “There is no reason why the iPhone could not have been made without toxins like vinyl plastics and brominated flame retardants as Nokia is already doing.”
    Apple representatives were not immediately available to comment.
    Greenpeace also said the battery in the iPhone was glued and soldered to the handset. This will make battery replacement difficult for consumers and further undermine recycling of the iPhone when it is discarded, the group said.
    The environmental group has made Apple a frequent target of its activities. In August 2006, Greenpeace scolded Apple for its environmental policies in a quarterly report on how companies deal with hazardous chemicals, recycling and take-back policies. It also launched a Web site critical of Apple last December and staged demonstrations at this year’s Macworld Expo in San Francisco.
    For its part, Apple has had little comment on Greenpeace’s activities. However, in May, CEO Steve Jobs published an open letter, outlining his company’s plans to remove toxic chemicals from its products. In June, Apple’s updated MacBook Pro line featured models that included mercury-free, LED-backlit displays that are more environmentally friendly than the cold cathode florescent lamp technology used in previous laptops.

    via macworld

    Man, Apple just can't catch a break, evironmentally speaking. In addition to receiving thorough tongue lashing from Greenpeace about potentially hazardous chemicals in the iPhone, the Center for Environmental Health upped the stakes on Monday and said it will actually be initiating legal action against the Cupertino company. According to spokesperson Charles Margulis, the levels of phthalates (a group of chemical compounds that are mainly used as "plasticizers," i.e., substances that increase flexibility) in the iPhone are in violation of California law, specifically Proposition 65.
    Also known as "Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986," the act says that businesses can't expose consumers to toxic chemicals without warning them of that exposure, explains Caroline Cox, another CEH spokesperson. The state prepares a list of those toxic chemicals that apply spefically to Proposition 65, Cox says, and while it's constantly updated, one of the things it does specify is what's known as a safe harbor level.
    "If you fall above that level, you're in violation," Cox says. "Basically, what we're saying in our notice of violation [to Apple] is that [the phone] exposes a user to a level above that."
    The CEH says that, as it does in all legal procedures involving Proposition 65, it has issued Apple a 60 day notice of violation. "Our goal is not just to warn but reduce hazardous chemicals," Cox explains. "In that sense, we always try to negotiate a settlement with companies and we would hope to do that in this case."
    Apple did not immediately respond to our requests for comment, but here's a previous statement (.pdf) from Jobs about the company's commitment to Greening itself up.
    If Apple does not enter into a binding agreement to both recall the iPhones its already sold, as well as provide clear and reasonable warnings for future shipped iPhones, the CEH says it will file a citizen enforcement lawsuit -- which would allow impacted citizens to be full participants in the litigation and the resulting negotiation and settlement process.


    via wired
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Death By iPhone? started by Cody Overcash View original post
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by Geigerslave View Post
      I put my iphone in my blender and had me an apple smoothie
      You mean... like this?

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qg1ckCkm8YI
    1. Jimbo's Avatar
      Jimbo -
      I'm sure that Al Gore, inventor of the environment, and Apple board member, will put a stop to this in short order. Just as soon as he stops flying around the world in his private jet promoting carbon offsets...
    1. ColPhorbin's Avatar
      ColPhorbin -
      Quote Originally Posted by scidsecret View Post
      OKAY... so, what would their policy be on recalling unlocked phones? I sure the H*** would hope they don't plan to recall them, then say "oh, you voided your warranty by unlocking it, so we're not giving you a replacement one. Sorry!". If that's the case, I'll just keep my toxic phone, thankyouverymuch!

      As for Greenpeace... why don't they go after companies that REALLY harm the environment, like GM with their 8-10 MPG Hummers and their "hybrid" Chevy Tahoes with 20 MPG.... a hybrid with 20 mpg is terrible. F for CRAPPY effort.

      I'll never donate to such a frivolous Greenpeace.
      Well this is a capitalist country and if there is a market for 8 MPG trucks then they are gonna keep making them. If we dont want these stupid f*cking cars on the road then we have to stop buying them. We as a country have to show that we want electric cars and organic food and that we want to move away from the corporatist government that we are on our way to. The oil business already has too much of a hand in our political decisions and we arent doing anything to keep this sort of sh*t from happening more. Id say support greenpeace because overall they have a much better view of the way thngs should be than our current president or any of the candidates for 08 (except maybe Ron Paul). And if youre really interested in the GM thing, do yourself a favor and rent "Who Killed the Electric Car?". I found it in blockbuster but it could be in other places
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      I hate all this crap about the "toxins" in the iphone.
      They EXCEED the highest standards there are and they said they would remove the "toxins" by 2008.
      Hello, It's still 2007! Don't say they haven't done something that they:
      1) Don't have to do.
      2) Said they will do soon.

      This is just a big deal because the media makes it a big deal.

      You aren't going to die by having an iPhone over any other phone.
    1. oOXDreadXOo's Avatar
      oOXDreadXOo -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      It was way to easy to go from “toxins in iPhone” to clicking the link and getting sucked into 20 mins of watching “but will it blend” lol
    1. Alpha Zero's Avatar
      Alpha Zero -
      Quote Originally Posted by oOXDreadXOo View Post
      It was way to easy to go from “toxins in iPhone” to clicking the link and getting sucked into 20 mins of watching “but will it blend” lol
      lol i got sucked in the same way. i started watching all the vids.
    1. chasev2's Avatar
      chasev2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dash-2 View Post
      and they said they would remove the "toxins" by 2008.
      Then why include any in the first place?

      People get sick with cancer every day. Who knows what causes it? I for one am glad there are groups out there that act as watchdogs. Otherwise it would be profit over safety every time.
    1. LinkerX's Avatar
      LinkerX -
      Quote Originally Posted by chasev2 View Post
      Then why include any in the first place?

      People get sick with cancer every day. Who knows what causes it? I for one am glad there are groups out there that act as watchdogs. Otherwise it would be profit over safety every time.
      What are you talking about? Science has a pretty indepth understanding of cancer. They just have trouble stopping it in some cases and most of the time the trouble comes as a result of not getting regular checkups.

      Back to the topic at hand
      Why bother to report this? Green propaganda doesn't belong on a tech site as specialized as this.
    1. babybia175's Avatar
      babybia175 -
      Quote Originally Posted by imstill@g View Post
      That what they get for voiding our warranties.
      LOL, That'll teach them.
      These guys just cant get a break...

      i totally agree. have they said they're not going to do anything about it yet?
    1. Eurisko's Avatar
      Eurisko -
      Quote Originally Posted by LinkerX View Post
      Back to the topic at hand
      Why bother to report this? Green propaganda doesn't belong on a tech site as specialized as this.
      I agree. Greenpeace simply chose the biggest shiniest target they could find, the iPhone. The move was entirely politically motivated and simply a way to gain more publicity for Greenpeace. Nothing more.
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      This is serious guys, Greenpeace is right, the iphone is dangerous, especially if you eat the battery....They didn't even cover that test
    1. buddyyou69's Avatar
      buddyyou69 -
      seems to me that everything we buy now is toxic or could cause cancer... geez we have to die because of something.. viva la iphone!!!
    1. eg6motion's Avatar
      eg6motion -
      Quote Originally Posted by buddyyou69 View Post
      seems to me that everything we buy now is toxic or could cause cancer...
      only if you live in california
    1. Dash-2's Avatar
      Dash-2 -
      Quote Originally Posted by chasev2 View Post
      Then why include any in the first place?

      People get sick with cancer every day. Who knows what causes it? I for one am glad there are groups out there that act as watchdogs. Otherwise it would be profit over safety every time.
      I'm sure they included them because they are already made (and is the easiest way to make them now). There are bad things in water, why should you drink it? Because it won't kill you (and will help you in this case). If the things in the iPhone were really that bad, they would be banned from use. (They are not new "toxins", we've been using computer chips for quite a while now...) I'll quote Eurisko because I really agree with what he said:
      Quote Originally Posted by Eurisko View Post
      Greenpeace simply chose the biggest shiniest target they could find, the iPhone. The move was entirely politically motivated and simply a way to gain more publicity for Greenpeace. Nothing more.



      P.S.
      Quote Originally Posted by eg6motion View Post
      only if you live in california
      I completely agree. =D My family and I have a on going joke about how EVERYTHING causes cancer... in California...
    1. manille's Avatar
      manille -
      Lol, so let's stop eating fish coz thos oil tankers that sank and spill oils in the ocean are toxic! But they said fish is a healthy food. Well greenpeace please check how many toxic materials in our vehicles nowadays?
    1. ryad's Avatar
      ryad -
      hello
      My Iphone blocked on apple with starting and I cant restor it I need your help plaese