iPad, typically, is Apple green

Apple has proven itself environmentally sensitive in the way it designs its machines, and the iPad is no exception

Whether or not Apple gave due diligence in naming the iPad, the company evidently put plenty of effort into building the device in an environmentally responsible manner. During the unveiling of the much-anticipated tablet, Steve Jobs took time to highlight the iPad's green credentials.

Among them, the device is free of toxic substances such as arsenic, BFR, and mercury, as well as PVC. The enclosure is made of recyclable aluminum and glass. Moreover, Jobs praised the device as being "highly recyclable," which suggests it's easy to dismantle and its parts can be handily reused or separated and disposed of in a safe manner.

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Another green bragging point: Apple claims that the device's specially designed lithium-polymer battery, combined with the energy efficiency of the iPad's A4 processor, means the system can run for 10 hours straight.

The iPad's form factor also contributes to its green credentials. It weighs a mere 1.5 pounds and is half an inch thick. Compare that to the bulkier devices it rivals -- say, a netbook -- and you can see the iPad contains fewer materials. Moreover, unlike a netbook, a keyboard isn't a necessity for the iPad, which means you won't have to invest in yet another hunk of plastic, metal, or the like. (That's not to say the iPad doesn't support a keyboard.)

Notably, the iPad has not yet been registered on EPEAT, but my hunch is, that's just a matter of time.

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