Apple expands program to recycle old iPhones

Apple's environmental strategy

Apple also announced that it is quadrupling the number of U.S. locations where customers can send their old iPhone for disassembly.

Devices to be processed through the Daisy system are sourced through Apple's network of 5,000 stores and service providers with take-back systems.

Daisy is able to disassemble 15 different iPhone models at the rate of 200 per hour, Apple said. Apple now has two such robots, which themselves are upgrades from a recycling robot named Liam, which was about 3 times the size of Daisy.

Apple also announced the opening of its Material Recovery Lab dedicated to discovering future recycling processes.

With the lab, Apple is hoping to have academics and recyclers visit the facility to learn more about how they can repurpose e-waste. It is also believed to have an Apple-designed A13 chipset, a 4.7 inch display, and 128 GB of storage. Apple also launched a battery replacement and recycling programme for all of its products.

"It's going to be a ton of work", Jackson said of Apple's environmental goals. Cobalt is used for Apple device batteries, while aluminum makes up the body and casing of most Apple devices. You'll be able to put the tag on previously untrackable items like your AirPods-or even a non-Apple device-and utilize proximity alerts or sound an alarm if put into Lost Mode, exactly like how the Find My Phone app functions now.




The news comes from popular Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also reported that the company will introduce 12-megapixel front cameras on the successor to the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max in 2019, something that has surprised many Apple fans. But he said many other popular products in its lineup - such as its AirPods headphones - can not be economically recycled because they are stuck together with glue.

'Durability matters, ' Jackson said.

"We work hard to design products that our customers can rely on for a long time", she added.

Meanwhile, Engagdget noted that materials such as cobalt and aluminum have been recovered from the disassembled units.

The announcements were made as the company published its latest environment report, where it confirmed 44 of its suppliers had committed to using 100 percent renewable energy for their Apple production. 'Reducing cobalt consumption is a good thing across the board'.

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