updated 12:12 pm EDT, Wed August 20, 2014
Organization debuts new Tablets/Slates category, required for gov't purchasing
The Apple iPad is overwhelmingly dominant in a new EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) category covering tablets and slates. Out of 135 devices currently registered, 134 are simply different configurations of the iPad Air, iPad mini, and fourth-generation iPad. The one non-Apple entry is the Dell Venue 11 Pro.
Apple has had a troubled past with EPEAT. While getting that certification is mandatory if a product is to be sold to US federal agencies, the company nevertheless withdrew from EPEAT in 2012, stating that "changes in its design direction which were no longer consistent with the EPEAT requirements." Backlash from businesses and various levels of government forced Apple to backtrack, and the industry group itself altered its definitions so that products like the MacBook Pro -- which uses a glued-in battery and display, previously considered environmentally-unfriendly -- could still qualify.