A Greener Apple - New LED Displays Coming
Steve Jobs released a statement today giving insight on how Apple intends to become a greener, or more environmentally friendly, company. Major high points in the essay are the removal of toxic chemicals and an attempt to dramatically increase the amount of product recycling.
While the decrease of impact on the environment is commendable and this essay shows Apple is going to take a more direct stance on its role, what's more interesting to the rumor scene is the upcoming unannounced introduction of LED-backlighted displays.
To eliminate mercury in our displays, we need to transition from fluorescent lamps to light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the displays. Fortunately, all iPod displays already use LEDs for illumination, and therefore contain no mercury. We plan to introduce our first Macs with LED backlight technology in 2007. 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.