re: Apple: Exiting EPEAT Environmental Program Was Mistake
The iPhone does have a replaceable battery. It can be replaced by the user for about $30. $7 for the special screwdriver and $25 or so for the battery. That said, my iPhone 4 is 18 months old, used constantly, and still holds a charge like it was brand new. I really doubt I will be replacing the battery in its useful lifetime. I charge it about once in 5 days. The battery in the iPhone 4 is actually one of its main advantages. Competing devices are well known to have poor battery life, often needing to be charged a few times a day...
I have a 7 year old iPod "classic" (80GB). I use it all the time. It still plays music for 10 hours on a charge. Apple is actually pretty good at hardware design, particularly using high quality batteries that never need replacement. This Macbook Pro with the Retina display is supposed to do 1000 charge cycles. I don't doubt it. Even if you charge it once a day, that's 3 years. Most people will charge it 2-3 times a week. The average user will replace that notebook before its battery gives out.
I actually have a site that is quite critical of Apple. That said, to be fair, they are very good with hardware and design -- beyond just looking "pretty".