Two years ago, Apple introduced Liam, an industrial robot with 29 arms designed to disassemble damaged and returned iPhones. Now, the company has unveiled Daisy, a new iPhone recycling robot that’s capable of taking apart 200 iPhones per hour and disassembling nine different versions of the iPhone, sorting various reusable components.
In addition to the new robot, iPhone has announced GiveBack, a new incentive for consumers to turn in or trade their devices. For every device customers turn in or trade until April 30, the company will make a donation to Virginia-based environmental nonprofit Conservation International.
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Meet Daisy. Apple’s latest recycling robot was revealed, not coincidentally, a few days before Earth Day, in a press announcement summing up the company’s recent environmental accomplishments. The new ‘bot is an update to Liam, the recycling robot the company announced back in 2016.
Daisy was developed in-house by Apple engineers, using some of Liam’s parts — a recycling of sorts. The industrial robot is able to disassemble nine different versions of the iPhone, sorting all of their reusable components in the process. In all, Daisy is capable of taking apart a full 200 iPhones in a given hour, proving a solid alternative to traditional methods that can destroy valuable components in the process. Any connection to HAL 3000, however, is surely coincidental.