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Why Apple’s iPhone X is bad — for the environment

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The iPhone X costs consumers $999, but its cost to the environment might be much greater.

The iPhone X’s sleek new design carries a hefty environmental price tag. After a delay, Apple AAPL, +0.32%   released the iPhone X to the public to mixed reviews. While many users cheered the advanced facial-recognition technology and wireless charging capabilities, others balked at the high price tag — the phone costs $999 or $33 per month on Apple’s installment plan. And now reviewers have found another flaw in the landmark mobile device: It breaks very easily. In multiple tests, Apple’s latest iPhone did not perform well. Technology news website CNET reported that the iPhone X cracked on its first drop. Smartphone device insurer SquareTrade even called it “the most breakable, highest-priced most expensive to repair iPhone, ever.”