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For an overview with some links to both sides of the debate, and for context and disclosure, see https://fee.org/articles/this-is-the-real-reason-your-iphone-cables-break/ and http://www.macworld.com/article/1057843/shareholder.html and http://members.greenpeace.org/sites/greenmyapple/about.php - also - https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/07/why-apples-power-cords-keep-breaking/325284/ for contrasting opinions on the root cause of the cable failure issue.

This is posted with the intention of sparking serious discussion of product safety and reliability vs. environmental issues, and the possible pitfalls of “green” products being less environmentally friendly than their “non-green” counterparts due to higher failure and discard rates.