Meet Daisy: the Apple robot that takes apart your dead iPhone

Yolanda Curtis
April 20, 2018

It is a well-known fact that Apple loves to tout how green their products and operations are, which is why it doesn't come as a surprise to learn that Apple has a robot called "Daisy" that has been designed specifically for recycling iPhones and can work at speeds of up to dismantling 200 iPhones per hour.

With help from Daisy, "Apple can recover materials that traditional recyclers can't - and at a higher quality", said Apple.

As for the robot Daisy, she is the successor to Liam, which launched in 2016.

Daisy is made from some of Liam's parts and is capable of disassembling nine versions of iPhone and sorting their high-quality components for recycling.

The free publicity regarding Daisy the iPhone recycling robot could not come at a better time, as Apple is now still trying recover from the PR nightmare after they released that they were, indeed, slowing down older iPhones. Apple also announced a new GiveBack program for making donations to Conservation International, and a new Apple Watch feature that will reward users who exercise outdoors on Earth Day.

At Apple, we're constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet's precious resources. "In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack". Just about two weeks ago, Apple noted that every single one of its facilities across the globe now runs entirely on 100% renewable energy.

Customers want to keep their devices longer, as evidenced by a 3 to 4 week wait for a battery replacement at Apple retail stores earlier this year, when Apple was compelled to dramatically reduce the replacement cost.

Greenpeace, the environmental advocacy group, praised Apple for its efforts reducing its carbon footprint and recycling its old products.

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