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Apple unveils iPhone-disassembling robot in time for Earth Day

23 April 2018

Apple says Daisy "is the most efficient way to reclaim more of the valuable materials stored in iPhone" because it "can recover materials that traditional recyclers can't".

Daisy is the latest Apple robot, after Liam which was released in 2016.

The company has also announced that it will be transitioning into using 100% recycled tin for the main board of its iPhone, as well as using reclaimed aluminium to build new devices in a bid to "one day stop mining the earth altogether".

The new robot's average rate is approximately 200 iPhones taken apart per hour. Fox News reports that the second Daisy will be used in the Netherlands.

The company said Daisy is made from some of Liam's parts.

Apple has set up the first Daisy robot in Austin, TX where it's fully operational.

But if you decide to send that old iPhone to Apple, it's possible your materials will make their way into an iPhone in the near future.

Apple has also announced a new recycling program called GiveBack, which aims to make trading in a device a more streamlined process.

Time and again Apple has branded itself as an environmentally friendly company. The company also reiterated its commitment to reducing carbon footprint, precious resources conservation and the use of safer materials in production. The program allows consumers to trade-in their Apple devices at any of their outlets. In an official statement the company promised that for every iPhone that is returned to the company, Apple will make a donation to non-profit Conservation worldwide.

"At Apple, we're constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet's precious resources", said Jackson.

Apple unveils iPhone-disassembling robot in time for Earth Day