Apple unveils new iPhone dismantling robot Dave: better recycling of rare earth and tungsten


Sina science and technology news on July 21, Beijing time, according to foreign media reports, as part of the plan to fully realize carbon neutral by 2030, apple today announced its latest recycling innovation technology, namely, iPhone dismantling and recycling robot “Dave”.
According to apple, the robot will be able to dismantle the iPhone’s touch engine, taptic engine, to better recycle core materials such as rare earth magnets and tungsten. Of course, it can also recycle steel. Compared with Daisy, another iPhone dismantling robot, “Dave” is better at this.
Daisy is Apple’s second-generation disassembly robot, which is about 30 feet long and consists of five robotic arms and conveyor belts. Instead of being brutally and directly broken, Daisy can take apart and sort out various components in a more detailed way, with up to 200 iPhones per hour. With its help, apple can recycle more valuable materials.
Apple also said today that all iPhone, iPad, MAC and apple watch devices launched last year were made from recycled materials, including the rare earth elements used in the iPhone taptic engine that are 100% recycled, the first time in apple and any smartphone.
Through product design and recycling innovation, apple reduced its carbon footprint by 4.3 million tons in 2019. In the past 11 years, Apple has reduced the average energy use of its products by 73%.
Today, Apple also has more than 70 suppliers’ commitment to use 100% renewable energy to produce equipment for apple, equivalent to a commitment to provide nearly 8 gigawatts of power for its products. Once completed, these commitments will avert more than 14.3 million tons of carbon dioxide a year, equivalent to reducing more than 3 million vehicles on the road each year. (Li Ming)