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April 19, 2018.

Daisy, the iPhone-recycling Robot

Daisy, the iPhone-recycling Robot

Daisy robot.

Daisy robot.

Daisy Robot. © Apple.

To mark Earth Day, Apple has introduced Daisy, a new robot that disassembles old iPhones, making it easier to re-use and recycle their parts. Housed in an Apple factory in Austin, Texas, Daisy replaces her predecessor Liam, and uses certain components from the old machine. The robot is able to take apart nine different versions of the iPhone, and can process up to 200 iPhones per hour, in contrast with Liam, who was limited to just the iPhone 6.

In addition to Daisy, Apple has also announced a temporary program called GiveBack, which allows customers to return their devices in stores or on Apple.com to be recycled. For each device that’s received until April 30th, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International, a non-profit organization that works to protect the environment, and you can receive a gift certificate if the hardware is recent (up to $315 US for a phone and $1,000 US for a desktop computer.) Unfortunately, it seems the program is only available for those in the United States.

CNET, “Apple unveils ‘Daisy’ iPhone recycling robot for Earth Day.”

 

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