Meet Daisy, the robot that disassembles old and unwanted iPhone units for usable parts



Hey gang, did you know that tomorrow is Earth Day? Well, at least someone at Apple did. The company has launched its Earth Day Apple GiveBack plan that not only will help the environment, it will also help those returning an old or unwanted iPhone. With Apple GiveBack, those returning an eligible device will receive credit in the form of an Apple Store gift card to use for a future purchase. These returned iPhone models can be stripped of usable parts (more on that later). From now through April 30th, Apple will make a donation to Conservation International for every handset it receives through the GiveBack program. This organization works in 30 countries on six continents to "ensure a healthy, prosperous planet."

Apple has also introduced a robot it calls Daisy. She lives in Austin, Texas with a sibling planned for the Netherlands. The robot is made from parts used in Apple's previous robot named Liam. She can disassemble nine different iPhone models at a rate of 200 handsets per hour, helping Apple recycle high quality components and parts that they might have not been able to recover otherwise.

As part of Apple's Earth Day celebration, it is offering Apple Watch users a special badge. To earn it, Apple Watch wearers need to complete any workout for 30-minutes or longer on Earth Day, which as we already noted, is tomorrow.

Lastly, the company released its 2018 Environmental Report which says that Apple has made progress in several areas. Using renewable energy, the company has reduced its carbon footprint from 29.5 million metric tons in 2016 to 27.5 metric tons last year. While Apple has tripled its power consumption since 2011, emissions over the same period have declined by 54%. In addition, the amount of emissions generated during the manufacturing of each product has declined 34% from 2011 to last year.


You can read Apple's 2018 Environmental Responsibility Report by clicking on this link (pdf).


source: Apple

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22 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 855; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Even the brand new iPhone is not usable Gadget... How can it's part be usable

16. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

5, 5s, 5se everything is the same they just change cpu on board, also its bs that machine cant take apart 200 phones in an hour i have seen it can break 200 screens then pass it down the line they are saying 1 phone disassembled in 25sec basically

2. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Phones quality that lasts years and years, updates for at least twice as long as the most updated android phone, and they are even being recycled after all that use. Keep up the great work Apple.

3. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Yep. Recycled into iPhone SE2.

5. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Which will still stomp on 99% of android phones in performance and quality

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6823; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Oh...not 100%?! Interesting...

7. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

He must mean not the one I'm holding which stomps iPhone eks

8. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

He definitely meant 99% of all current Android phones available. Pretty pathetic if you think about it =(

9. deleon629

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I use Android because my job requires it but, if I had it my way, I'd buy the SE and ditch the matrix of believing that it's normal to deal with the delusion that a 5.5-inch screen and two thumbs are a practical alternative to a full-blown computer.

10. deleon629

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

... let's not forget the consistently high resale values. A used 6S goes for about the same price as a used s8 right about now...

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4260; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I don't pay more to get less so this means nothing to me.

14. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

LMAO even the best of Apple out there cannot beat a mid range priced OP5T in performance or quality Forget SE2

18. iPhoneFanboy

Posts: 286; Member since: Apr 21, 2018

Share what you're smokin'

21. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Ask yourself first lool

19. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

@Zack_2014 What's the use of having a greater performance or quality if it can't even beat apple in terms of apps and OS updates?

22. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

There are plenty of Apps and OS is more than stable. We get our updates every month. I don't see a problem to waiting a few weeks to get a major android update. Cuz I'm getting it no matter what.

15. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 592; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Which will also cost more than majority of android handsets out there. Which will also be lacking in features compared to majority of android handsets out there. Your point? :D If you thinking paying alot more for slightly more speed and less features is worth it then go for it.

23. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Speed isn't even a talking point of Apple anymore lol

4. truthbetold

Posts: 42; Member since: Oct 16, 2015

At the same time, for years now, Apple have been consistent at lobying against the right to repair, and kept making it harder to service their devices - thus increasing the likelihood of their devices ending up as electronic waste.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1274; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

i had my iphone screen replaced by third party right across the apple store at the mall - i saved $40 (paid $85 instead of $125 at apple) and the result is not good - had to return to get screw put back in as it fell out, whcih he eventually just glued in, lol. you do get what you paid for - i will never again - only apple store and samsung (for my android phone) will repair my device. a while back before my first iphone, i took my htc m7 to a repair shop because i couldnt find any certified htc repair shop (not even by mail) to repair my broken screen - same crap, screen was guaranteed to be oem - it was NOT! third party repair shops are a scam in my opinion. i'm not surprised devices are to loose waranty if you get it repaired using non certified repair shops

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Apple propaganda!

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Yeah, and 200/hour isn't much compared to number of iPhone they sell.. even if that machine work 24h each day, it can only disassemble ~1.7million iPhones in a year.. They just want too looks like a good guy in this year's earth day. They'll need to make at least 500 daisy and spread it across the globe if they really mean it..

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