There's nothing like a news headline that warns cell phone customers that using the mobile product will make them sterile to capture the attention of at least half of the population. Apple has its hands full with these recent allegations against its popular iPhone. See the story on RedHerring: "Can iPhones Make You Sterile?"
In a nutshell (pun intended):
Greenpeace said in a report Monday that Apple's iPhone ear bud cords contain chemicals considered harmful to human reproduction. "The phthalates found in the headphone cords are classified in Europe as ‘toxic to reproduction' because of their long-recognized ability to interfere with sexual development," Greenpeace scientist David Santillo said in the report.
The Mac maker's popular phone contains a number of substances—internally and externally—at levels prohibited for use in young children's toys by San Francisco, which has its own environmental standards, and by the European Union, Greenpeace said.
For more information, check out these additional news sources:
- Poison Apple? Greenpeace Slams Apple for 'Toxic' iPhone (TechNewsWorld)
- Apple faces legal threat over ‘toxic' iPhone (Times Online)
- Apple Says iPhone Complies With Eco Standards (PC World | Macworld)
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Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.