Apple's new recycling robot takes apart 200 iPhones an hour

It's often tempting to think that if Apple had its way, iPhone users would be replacing their phones every year. As it is, there are a lot of traded-in iPhones that need recycling - and that's where the company's new Daisy robot comes in.
Daisy can disassemble nine versions of the iPhone (Credit: Apple)
Daisy is actually more like a whole system than an individual robot. It features technologies based on what Apple learned from Liam, which was the company's first disassembly robot, launched two years ago – Daisy even incorporates some of Liam's parts.

The robot is capable of disassembling nine versions of the iPhone at a rate of up to 200 phones per hour, removing and sorting their components for subsequent recycling or reuse.

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An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.

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