Apple Wants To Make Your iPhone A Lot More Eco-Friendly

The report also talks at length about Apple Park (née spaceship), which it calls "the greenest corporate headquarters on the planet". It'll use recycled materials instead - but that's about as far as the plan goes right now.

More than that, Apple is allegedly going to use OLED displays on all iPhones by 2019, and in turn, the anticipated iPhone 9 will likely sport the screen technology.

While this is great for Jobs' Mob, it means that users are forced to buy new gear, which places a strain on the environment. It's an ambitious goal that will require many years of collaboration across multiple Apple teams, our suppliers, and specialty recyclers-but our work is already under way.

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


At the same time, however, many iPhone lovers are worrying that Apple's next device update will give them fewer, rather than more, reasons to love the company. The company is looking to recover cobalt from lithium-ion batteries used in the phones, the report stated. Everything is shredded down to commodity-grade bits of metal, plastic, and glass, with Apple handling just a fraction of their own materials processing. Funding from such activities could actually help pay for more recycling - a recent USA Today story dove into how falling prices for recycled stock material have put the crunch on recycling companies. However, Apple mentions that the quality of the recycled material is important as the company have some pre-determined quality standards so in the best case scenario, the recycled material is best to extracted from past Apple products. The "renew" programme primarily targets Apple's own products but also accepts mobile phones from other manufactures.

Apple's demands for tax breaks were initially posited as a prerequisite for it commencing production in India, with the firm asking for a 15-year waiver on custom duties for importing all components and equipment.

However, it is also suggested that Apple is struggling to develop this technology to the point where it can be satisfactorily mass-produced for a major device such as the iPhone 8.


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