In an letter issued by Steve Jobs today, Apple confirmed the transition to LED backlight displays for it's entire notebook line by the end of 2008. The first notebooks using the new technology are expected out in 2007:
"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.
Apple plans to reduce and eventually eliminate the use of mercury by transitioning to LED backlighting for all displays when technically and economically feasible."
In addition to the LED transition announcement, Apple detailed several other environmentally friendly moves it will be making in the near future. The letter is in response to criticism hurled at Apple by environmental groups like Greenpeace, who claimed that the Cupertino CA based company had a notoriously bad environmental record.
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