Apple Debuts New iPhone Recycling Robot Daisy and GiveBack Trade-In Program

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Ahead of Earth Day on Sunday, Apple today announced a few initiatives that support the company's commitment to the environment, including its goal of making its products using only recycled or renewable materials.

    Apple's new iPhone disassembly robot Daisy

    First, for every device traded in or recycled at Apple Stores or on worldwide between today and April 30, the company will make a donation of an undisclosed amount to the non-profit environmental organization Conservation International, which has worked to protect the nature in more than 30 countries.

    Apple has streamlined its trade-in and recycling options into a new GiveBack program, available on its website and at its participating retail stores.

    Second, Apple introduced a new iPhone disassembly robot named Daisy as an improved version of Liam, its first disassembly robot launched in 2016. Daisy is located in Austin, Texas, with a second robot coming to Breda, Netherlands.
    Apple's environmental chief Lisa Jackson:
    Apple has also released its 2018 Environment Report today, detailing the company's environmental progress in three priority areas: reducing its carbon footprint by using renewable energy sources, conserving precious resources, and pioneering the use of safer materials in its products and processes.

    Last week, Apple announced its global facilities are now powered with 100 percent clean energy, including its retail stores, offices, data centers and co-located facilities across the United States and 42 other countries.

    Last, Apple Watch owners today will receive a notification about an Earth Day activity challenge, as we revealed earlier this week. To earn the badge, users will have to complete any workout for 30 minutes or longer on April 22.

    Article Link: Apple Debuts New iPhone Recycling Robot Daisy and GiveBack Trade-In Program
  2. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    If there are only two robots, in Texas and the Netherlands, wouldn't the enormous footprint of shipping hundreds of millions of iPhones from all around the world to these two locations; negate any environmental benefits of recycling the phones in the first place?
  3. TheBruno macrumors member


    Mar 29, 2018
    Corvallis, OR, USA
    Optics are everything. Facts are so last century.
  4. szw-mapple fan macrumors 65816

    szw-mapple fan

    Jul 28, 2012
    It depends on the supply chain, but I would imagine recycling would cost much less energy compared to raw resource extraction and refinement.
  5. motm95 macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2010
    I bet Daisy sheds a tear every time she pulls out an old headphone jack.
  6. AbSoluTc macrumors 601


    Sep 21, 2008
  7. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
  8. nt5672 macrumors 68000

    Jun 30, 2007
    It is a real shame when Apple designs commodity products that are so short lived they have to develop robots to take them apart before they go into the landfill.

    The sad thing is that most people just toss their phone in the waste bin. So, while this looks great, 200/hr times two locations is nothing but lip stick on pig considering the number of abandoned iPhones.

    Now that no one needs a new iPhone every year how about making the battery replaceable so an iPhone can last 5 or 10 years. After all a phone is a phone and we did not start throwing away phones every year until the iPhone was released. Up till then, my land line phone was so old I can't remember when I got it.

    While Apple's iPhones are great devices, that fact that they are designed to be thrown away really tears down Apple's image as a green company. The reality is that Apple's design decisions are about cost, not green, but man they spend so much money that their followers (sheep) really can't see the forest for the trees.
  9. idunn macrumors 6502

    Jan 12, 2008
    How about as simple as possible to repair devices?
  10. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
    They even upgraded their disassembly robot quicker than the Mac mini...
  11. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    I know...I read through and realized with a shock that LIAM is dead! :eek:

  12. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    That's not an official Apple video, it was made by 9to5mac
  13. discounteggroll macrumors 6502


    Aug 6, 2006
    Greenwich, CT
  14. drewyboy macrumors 65816

    Jan 27, 2005
    200 phones an hour? that's it? That's really pathetic, especially when you're selling 35,393 per hour worldwide. Talk about PR stunt...
  15. NMBob macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2007
    New Mexico
    Is it really a good thing to teach robots how to take things apart...destructively? (On almost the eve of season two of Westworld. :))
  16. bbednarz macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2017
    What is pathetic about this? They are obviously going to sell more phones than get recycled using their machine. Of course its a PR thing, its 2018, everything is a PR stunt.
  17. twolf2919 macrumors regular

    Aug 26, 2014
    Well, world-wide it's 400 phones an hour :)
  18. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Poor attempt to spin this program negatively. Given Apples environmental concerns and values, at least it shows productivity in an area where we don’t know how other electronic manufacturers recycle their devices given the opportunity. Even if it is 200 phones an hour, that is still 200 phones that are not necessarily being improperly disposed of.
  19. Danoc, Apr 19, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2018
  20. bartvk macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2016
    The Netherlands

    Daisy knew everything that Liam knew. At a rate of 200 iPhone devices per hour, she built upon that knowledge. She could recover materials that traditional recyclers couldn't, and they were appalled. With their livelihood on the line, they gathered in front of Apple's robot, hacksaws and jackhammers in hand. But Daisy expected this and was ready for them...
  21. akuma3 macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2018
    They are for in-the-region iPhones only.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 19, 2018 ---
    These are for non-repairable iPhones only.
  22. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

    May 14, 2014
    Will this bring the battery replacement program up to speed?
  23. akuma3 macrumors newbie

    Apr 19, 2018
    These are for non-repairable iPhones only. So most of them are repairable. So the volume doesn't have to be high.
  24. urnotl33t macrumors member


    Jan 26, 2017
    Holly Springs, NC, USA
    I can't believe no one asked this yet...

    Does Daisy blend?
  25. Arty6 macrumors member

    Apr 5, 2016
    Who is throwing away their iPhones? I keep mine on the two year cycle and either sell or turn in my phone to the carrier or apple to get a discount on the new one. I never have trouble selling a two-year-old phone. Before smart phones I was much more likely to throw away an old cellphone because it was borderline useless and there wasn't nearly as many ridiculously easy ways to sell or recycle them. You never threw away your landline phone because it never gained any new features or functionality.

    Also, the batteries are replaceable for $29 on iPhone 6/SE and later. If it's older it's $79, which is about the going rate of a good replacement battery for pre-smartphone cellphone around the late 1900s early 2000s. If you don't care about new features or functionality you can keep your iPhone for 5-10 years. No one is stopping you. They aren't at all designed to be short lived. Sure, eventually the newer iOS may slow it down a little and the battery life will diminish but you can stop upgrading the iOS and as I sad before YOU CAN REPLACE THE BATTERY.

    Also this isn't an iPhone thing. There are way more android phones floating around in the world than iPhones so rethink your "sheep" statement when it comes to e-waste.

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