The iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro include recycled rare earth elements

The iPhone 11 & iPhone 11 Pro include recycled rare earth elements
The new 10.2-inch iPad is made entirely out of recycled aluminum and so is last year’s MacBook Air. Apple hasn’t yet decided to craft iPhones out of recycled materials but it has made one small adjustment with the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.

Speaking to Reuters, Apple Vice President of Environment Lisa Jackson revealed the updated Taptic Engine included inside the iPhone 11 series is manufactured using only recycled rare earth elements, a group of 17 specialized minerals. This means that around 25% of all rare earths used inside the latest iPhone models are now recycled.

Apple says its use of recycled materials was “not related” to the current trade tensions between the United States and China but did admit the move could help maintain a steady supply. The company plans on obtaining the rare earth elements from an external supplier. It’s unclear what products they are being recovered from but it won’t be old iPhone units.


The decision to use recycled elements naturally comes at a higher cost to the company – the minerals are typically recovered from tiny components, making the whole process much harder – but the company revealed that its production scale is what makes the solution economically viable.

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21 Comments

1. Bogdan88

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 03, 2016

All phones do..

6. joshuaswingle

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

The iPhone didn't. Now it does. It's news. You clearly cared enough about it to click on the article and comment.

8. maherk

Posts: 6923; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am a fan of yours Joshua, and I appreciate your unbiased articles, but you should've made it clearer in this article that Apple are't the first to do this.

11. drunkenjay

Posts: 1694; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

yup. "first ever on an iphone" does not mean first ever on mobile phones.

13. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Why? I cut a pineapple today for the first time. Do I also need to let you know that I wasn't the first person ever to do it? Nah, you're just spewing that old tired "Apple wasn't the first" garbage.

14. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

"The decision to use recycled elements naturally comes at a higher cost to the company". Apple should not worry about this as they know their targets to extract this and more.

18. joshuaswingle

Posts: 620; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

With all due respect, the article doesn't say Apple was the first. But I'll take on board your comments for future articles. At the time of writing I didn't think it was necessary to clarify other companies had done similar things in the past.

19. maherk

Posts: 6923; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I understand where you're coming from, but as always, fanboys on either camps will interpret your words to benefit their case. My point is that, usually you're articles are the least to attract fanboys, usually the comments section under your articles are rich in civility, so just a little bit of clarification would've been enough to repel them away.

16. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1134; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

With all due respect Joshua, Apple isn't the center of the universe. Like Maherk said in his comment, you're one of the few unbiased writers on PA so you should have mentioned that Apple isn't the first one to do it. Samsung even did it with recalled Note7. I'm sure even Samsung isn't the first one to do it.

2. ijuanp03

Posts: 612; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

In other words, they don't really give a damn whether it's recycled or not as long as their business won't get impacted by the trade war. As simple as that.

5. LAgurl

Posts: 112; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

It could be made of anything still won't change how fugly it is !

17. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1134; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Wait until next iPhone. Apple will find a way to make it even uglier. Actually next iPhone is going to look exactly the same. They'll make the one after uglier.

23. jibraihimi

Posts: 815; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

And still it's so damn expensive...

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