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San Francisco to ban officials from buying Apple Macs

  • City officials in San Francisco are planning to block local government agencies from buying new Apple Mac computers.

    The move comes after the firm's decision to pull out of a green certification scheme designed to recognize which electronic devices pose the least risk to the environment.

    Local officials spent $45,579 on Apple equipment in 2010.

    U.S. government rules specify that 95 percent of all electronics bought by official agencies must fall under the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) registry. iPads and iPhones do not fall under the system.

    Apple has not explained why it abandoned the scheme, which it helped create in 2006.

    The ban is believed to have been designed to encourage Apple to reconsider.