Ahead of Earth Day, Apple has debuted a new robot named Daisy that can take apart iPhones in order to recover valuable materials inside, as reported by TechCrunch.
The robot is a successor to Liam, another recycling robot made by Apple that was revealed in 2016. In fact, Daisy was created with some of Liam’s old parts, making it a recycled robot that helps recycle iPhones. Daisy is capable of taking apart nine different versions of the iPhone, and it can disassemble up to 200 iPhones an hour. It also separates parts and removes certain components as it goes.
Along with Daisy, Apple has also announced a temporary program called GiveBack, where customers can turn in devices in store or through Apple.com to be recycled. For every device received from now until April 30th, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International. (Eligible devices will still receive an in-store or gift card credit.)
Recently, Apple announced that it’s now powered by 100 percent renewable energy worldwide, through purchasing green energy bonds and investing in renewables, used in its supply chain and physical infrastructure. Though it’s not possible today to have every facility run on 100 percent clean energy, Apple CEO Tim Cook said in a statement, “We’re going to keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible with the materials in our products, the way we recycle them, our facilities and our work with suppliers to establish new creative and forward-looking sources of renewable energy because we know the future depends on it.”
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