Earth Day: Apple Introduces New Robot Created to Destroy iPhones

Apple has revealed its new robot that was created not for building their products, but for ripping the iPhones apart.

The robot is named Daisy. It can take apart nine different models of the iPhones and extract the important parts of the handset, in methods that traditional recyclers are not able to do. The parts can then be used again, helping to cut the wastage out of the process of producing phones.

The most recent announcement is part of the broad plans of Apple for Earth Day, the event that is held on the 22nd April every year to signify green efforts. It also said that the company would encourage more people to recycle more of their phones so that the handsets can be broken up by Daisy. It is said that through its GiveBack recycling scheme, Apple would make a donation to Conservation International for every iPhone that is handed in until the 30th April.

The efforts come as part of the wide-ranging commitment of Apple to the environment. Recently, the company also announced that it is entirely powered by renewable energy. They also help contribute to a principal part of that commitment: the vision that each and every Apple product will eventually only be made using recycled products.

The vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives of Apple, Lisa Jackson, stated: “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. We’re also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet.”

Daisy is considered as a more advanced version of the robot first announced in 2016 which was called Liam as it incorporates some of the same technology and parts that were made for its predecessor.

It can reportedly take apart approximately 200 iPhones per hour. After doing so, it will take out the components and sort through them.

The tech giant is also set to offer a special Watch achievement to users who do a 30-minute workout on Earth Day. Apple stores across the globe will also feature logos with green leaves or window decals as part of the celebration of the day.