I read a few different green blogs on a regular basis. One of them is EcoGeek. Here's an article I came across that got me a little ticked. Basically, the gist is that Apple has designed the iPhone and the 6th generation iPods to be unfixable. Great way for them to make more money forcing you to buy a whole new gadget when yours breaks. But bad news in terms of reusing the resources poured into the devices.
"Apparently, the sixth generation iPods and the iPhone have been designed to be 100% unfixable. According to Brett,
So, for me, it will be harder to fix these, increasing repair costs and diminishing their resale value after they have been repaired.
The new generations of iPods and the iPhone are not designed to be opened. Because the Nano, iPhone and generation 6 "Classic" bodies are metal to metal the body gets completely trashed upon opening. The parts are actually soldered together.
All of this kinda flies in the face of Apple's new green image." (H. Green, 'Apple's Unfixable Gadgets...Made to Break?', 19 Jan 2008)
Of course, I wonder what Apple has to say about that...