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Apple Unveils Daisy, a Robot That Can Disassemble iPhones to Recover Materials

Apple Announces
April 19, 2018

With Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, Apple has announced a number of new environmental initiatives, including debuting the new Daisy robot that helps recover and recycle materials from iPhones.

At its peak, Daisy can disassemble up to 200 iPhones per hour.

At its peak, Daisy can disassemble up to 200 iPhones per hour.

Based on technology from the first disassembly robot, Liam, that debuted in 2016, Daisy can disassemble nine different iPhone models and sort their high-quality components for recycling. It has a maximum capacity to take apart 200 iPhones per hour.

And now through April 30, Apple will be making a donation to the non-profit Conservation International for each Apple device recycled or traded in online at or through an Apple Store.

Conservation International operates in more than 30 countries on six continents.

“At Apple, we’re constantly working toward smart solutions to address climate change and conserve our planet’s precious resources,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives. “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.”

Apple also confirmed that there will be a special Earth Day Challenge for Apple Watch users on Sunday. If you complete a workout of more than 30 minutes on Earth Day, you’ll receive a special achievement and unique iMessage stickers.