$999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X See All Daisy is designed to pull apart iPhones that would cost too much to refurbish and are deemed end-of-life. It’s staffed by three to four people. James Martin/CNET Daisy is many things. It’s a 33-foot-long robot that pulls apart iPhones with its five arms. It was created by Apple. It’s a cacophony of servos, pressurized screw punches and other moving parts. It may also hold a key to electronic recycling’s future.This robot, announced last year, is at the center of a new Material Recovery Lab Apple’s built in Texas. The lab is designed to share Daisy’s technology and help advance e-recycling. Apple hopes the project will attract academics, recyclers and other companies to participate. “This is about the big hairy goal of making all our products from recycled materials,” said Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, in an interview. “It’s going to take a while, but it’ll also take tons of innovation.” While at the lab, we got to watch Daisy in action. Here’s what we saw:This is a traditional e-recycling machine, which smashes electronics in an effort to expose valuable materials and collect them. James Martin/CNET Unfortunately, these materials often get co-mingled and become impure in the process. James Martin/CNET Apple’s first recycling robot, Liam, was announced in 2016 and was designed to disassemble the iPhone 6. Liam processed phones every 12 minutes. James Martin/CNET An iPhone begins its journey through Daisy on the conveyer belt. James Martin/CNET In the first stop, Daisy jams a set of prongs into the crease between the phone’s screen and body, separating them. James Martin/CNET In the next section, the iPhone loses its battery and screws. James Martin/CNET How do you remove a battery glued onto the phone’s body? Blast the glue with freezing air and knock it with enough force. The battery just falls out. James Martin/CNET Then the screws that hold the logic board are punched out. Daisy identifies which phone it’s looking at and the angle at which it’s sitting to make sure it’s accurate. James Martin/CNET At the last stage, Daisy removes the cameras, haptics, speakers and other bits. Daisy’s left with an aluminum shell, which can be carted off to be recycled. James Martin/CNET Sprint Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Tags Apple Best Buy Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? $999 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Post a comment $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors See It Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR 2:46 reading • How Apple’s Daisy iPhone recycling robot works Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 See it Apple See It Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Sci-Tech Tech Industry $999 • Share your voice 0 Apple wants to share its Daisy robot tech for recycling… Apple iPhone XS See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers.
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