Meet Apple’s crusher
HER name is Daisy, she works harder than her male predecessor, and she’s responsible for undoing some of Apple’s most exacting engineering. The Cupertino technology giant unveiled their newest robot in one of a series of ecofriendly announcements ahead of Earth Day. The company, which last week revealed its buildings were “powered with 100 per cent clean energy”, developed the robot to disassemble iPhones, and extract and sort their most recyclable parts. Unlike Daisy’s male version, Liam, unveiled in 2016, she can handle up to 200 iPhones an hour, according to Apple, and recover materials “other recyclers can’t and at higher quality”. She’s programmed to pull apart nine different iPhone models. Apple environment, policy and social initiatives vice-president Lisa Jackson said the company was “thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what’s possible when innovation and conservation meet”. Apple iPhones can be recycled for precious materials including gold, silver and palladium, as well as more common metals such as copper, lead, nickel and tin. Many Australian mobile phone makers, including Samsung, Google, HTC and Microsoft, fund the national recycling program Mobile Muster, which recycled more than one million handsets last year. Apple hosts a separate program, now known as GiveBack, operated by Brightstar.
DAISY: Apple’s robot can pull apart 200 iPhones in an hour.