Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

This robot turns your used iPhones into recyclable materials

This robot turns your used iPhones into recyclable materials This robot turns your used iPhones into recyclable materials
Sherri Watson | 20 April, 2018, 07:47

Daisy can take apart up to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing and sorting components, so that Apple can recover materials that traditional recyclers can't - and at a higher quality.

Daisy is much more efficient than her predecessor, ultimately capable of disassembling nine different version of iPhone and sorting them all into different components. Apple's GiveBack program lets customers return old devices to Apple Stores or Apple.com for recycling, and newer devices can even be traded in for Apple Store credit.

At Apple, we're constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet's precious resources. Daisy is a descendant of Apple's first generation recycling robot, Liam, who first launched in 2016.

Daisy can disassemble 200 iPhones an hour, Apple said in a press release on Thursday extolling the virtues of its latest droid.

Earth Day 2018 is just around the corner and Apple made two announcements towards the protection of the environment by recycling and trading in old Apple devices.

Customers want to keep their devices longer, as evidenced by a 3 to 4 week wait for a battery replacement at Apple retail stores earlier this year, when Apple was compelled to dramatically reduce the replacement cost. Liam was revealed in 2016, but now, his old parts are being used by Daisy, which is ironic, since Daisy's goal is to recycle old iPhones. Using this method, Apple say it's able to recycle a greater volume of materials than it would if it used other methods, since more of the parts are maintained. The company also announced nine additional manufacturing partners committed to powering all of their Apple production with 100 percent clean energy, bringing the total number of supplier commitments to 23.

As a bonus, Apple Watch users will receive a notification about the Earth Day Challenge which encourages users to go outside and exercise for at least 30 minutes.