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Joe Mecca , Apr 25, 2018

When I read the headline, “iPhone Terminator: Apple’s Daisy Teardown Robot Can Rip Your Phone Apart in 18 Seconds,” I went, “Whoa!” and clicked on the article harder than I had ever clicked on an article before.

It didn’t live up to the hype, but… it’s quite an amazing feat. Just because my appetite for destruction wasn’t satisfied (I imagined an actual Terminator-esque robot slicing and dicing handheld devices with gratuitous explosions in the background), it doesn’t mean it isn’t a responsible and worthwhile creation.

Two years after unveiling Liam, the robotic iPhone disassembler, Apple has developed a smaller, smarter and more flexible successor called “Daisy.”

Daisy can disassemble 200 iPhones per hour or around 1 every 18 seconds, which is 6 seconds slower than Liam’s teardown time. However, the newer robot is capable of disassembling more iPhone models than its predecessor with high precision, according to Apple.

Daisy will be deployed first in the US and Europe to disassemble iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus devices destined for the graveyard through AppleCare or a new recycling program called Apple GiveBack.

Daisy can recover about 1kg of gold, 7.5kg of silver, and nearly two tons of aluminum from every 100,000 iPhones. Apple handles disassembly and will then send components to recyclers to recover materials. Following extraction, Apple says the materials will be sent to secondary markets to minimize demand for mined resources.

This is incredible!

The beginning of 2018 marked Apple’s full transition to renewable energy, which powers all its data centers, retail stores, offices, and colocation facilities in 43 countries. Two-thirds of renewable energy bought by Apple comes from projects it created, including projects it owns and renewable energy contracts.

Well, I had no idea this was a thing. I had no clue that this was done with our old phones. It’s brilliant! If this is common practice among major electronic manufacturers, then my hat’s off to ‘em all. If this is unique to Apple, then my fandom just went through the roof.

It’s just a win all the way around. For every device received from now until April 30th, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International (eligible devices will still receive an in-store or gift card credit).

So don’t forget to recycle! It’s a good thing. And KwikBoost will continue to charge your future devices long after you’ve recycled the old ones, so don’t you worry.

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