Retina MacBook Pro earns EPEAT Gold, iFixit not happy

Kyle Wiens, founder of iFixit:

Apple’s Retina MacBook Pro—the least repairable, least recyclable computer I have encountered in more than a decade of disassembling electronics—was just verified “Gold”, along with four other ultrabooks. This decision demonstrates that the EPEAT standard has been watered down to an alarming degree.

Kyle writes a strongly critical piece about the EPEAT ratings and I agree with some of the points he raises (on environmental impact) but I just get the vibe that his shouting “greenwash” and complaining about how much of a travesty it is might be because he’s worried about the future of iFixit than of the EPEAT ratings. Think about it, iFixit provide free disassembly instructions but they make money selling parts and tools. The more portables that are like the Retina MacBook Pro, the less money iFixit makes with it’s existing revenue streams.

The problem with the Retina MacBook Pro isn’t that it’s unrepairable – it’s that it’s not cheap to repair. If it breaks or develops a fault in a couple of years, you aren’t left with a doorstop. You can still take it to an Apple Store or Authorised Repair Centre but it’ll cost quite a bit more.

When the time comes to recycle it responsibly, just give it to an Apple Store or use a service like Gazelle. iFixit took the Mac apart blind, if you knew how to dismantle it then you can recycle it responsibly.

I think Kyle knows which way the wind is starting to blow.