Written byMudit Dube
Meet Daisy, Apple's latest robot that can disassemble scrapped iPhones to reclaim valuable materials which can be reused.
Developed by Apple's in-house engineers, Daisy is an update to Liam, the recycling robot the company had announced in 2016.
Interestingly, the robot, residing in Austin, Texas, uses some of the components created for Liam - a recycling of sorts.
Daisy can remove and sort components to help recover materials that "traditional recyclers can't."
It is capable of disassembling nine versions of iPhone and can take apart 200 devices in an hour.
Putting things into perspective, for every 1,00,000 iPhones disassembled, Daisy manages to recover 1,900 kgs of aluminum, 710 kgs of copper, 70 kgs of cobalt and 11 kgs of rare earth elements.
"To meet our goal, we must use 100 percent responsibly sourced recycled/renewable materials and ensure the equivalent amount is returned to market," Apple had noted in its latest environmental progress report.
"Recognizing that this goal could take many years to reach, we remain committed to responsible sourcing of primary materials as we make the transition," said Apple.
Last year, Apple said it was moving closer to its future goal to create iPhones and MacBooks from wholly recycled materials.
While there is no timeline for when the company aims to realize its goals, it surely is making considerable progress.
In a bid to prioritize recycling, Apple is working to introduce Daisy-like recovery robots in multiple locations throughout the US and Europe.
Earlier this month, Apple announced that it had achieved its goal of "100 percent clean energy" for its facilities around the world which included retail stores, offices, data centres and co-located facilities in 43 countries.
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