Apple to use recycled resources to manufacture iPhones

It did it with Siri in the iPhone 4S and the TouchID sensor in the iPhone 5S. The "renew" programme primarily targets Apple's own products but also accepts mobile phones from other manufactures.

The iPhone 8 is expected on the 10th anniversary device this fall.

Ten years ago, Steve Jobs launched the first iPhone in the market. Many Apple fans are anticipating some bold updates, especially since the last few iPhones have arrived with mostly smaller, incremental design changes.

The report claims the iPhone 9 that will likely come out in 2018 could use OLED displays, but those displays would be manufactured and supplied by Chinese manufacturer BOE. That would require Apple to find a new way to incorporate its Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which is now a physical button at the bottom of the screen. In order to deal with this problem, Apple is supposedly considering the possibility of relocating the scanner to the back of the smartphone.

"Traditional supply chains are linear". According to Apple's newly released environmental responsibility report, achieving its "ambitious goal" would require many years of collaboration across multiples teams, suppliers and recyclers.

Those are lofty goals, which Apple admittedly isn't 100 percent sure how to accomplish.

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Apple is making big promises in terms of "greening" its products, with the company pledging to eventually end the need for mined minerals and rely only on recycled materials for its devices.

Liam, the aforementioned recycling robot, deconstructs old iPhones so that the various parts can be used for future devices and other products.

"For example, we've melted down iPhone 6 aluminum enclosures recovered from Liam to make Mac mini computers for use in our factories, and we're transitioning to 100 percent recycled tin solder on the main logic board of iPhone 6s".

"Trying to pretend that we can make it easy to fix the product, and that you still get the product that you think you're buying - that you want - isn't the answer", Jackson said, adding that iPhones are simply too "complex" to be repaired by anyone other than an authorised Apple party.

The tech giant recently announced it wants to stop mining the earth to make its products.

  • Desiree Holland