Apple took the decision last week to ditch the EPEAT rating saying that it was “inconsistent” with its design practices, and now they have backfliped. It has reversed its decision to pull out of EPEAT, and has added back the products that were eligible on EPEAT.
“We’ve recently heard from many loyal Apple customers who were disappointed to learn that we had removed our products from the EPEAT rating system. I recognize that this was a mistake. Starting today, all eligible Apple products are back on EPEAT,” Bob Mansfield, Senior VP of Hardware Engineering, wrote in an open letter.
Mansfield notes that there are some areas that it has done in “protecting the environment” that aren’t measured with EPEAT, but also says that it has meant their relationship with the group has “become stronger” and look forward in working with the group in the future.
While the environmental groups (and hipsters) would be pleased that Apple changed their tune, corporations and governments are too. Many have adopted the EPEAT standard as something they determine their computer purchases, and Apple pulling out meant they wouldn’t be able to purchase a new iMac.
The thing you should note as well is “eligible” products bit – The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is not on that list.