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Apple is opening the doors of its newest lab where iPhone-recycling robots pull apart dead devices to the public.
The firm said Thursday it will open a 'Material Recovery' lab, located in Austin, Texas, to investigate new techniques using robotics and machine learning to rip apart its devices and recover valuable materials such as copper, aluminum and cobalt.
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The 9,000-square-foot lab will be at the same Austin facility as 'Daisy,' an Apple-built robot that can now tear apart iPhones at the rate of 1.2 million per year.
The lab is part of Apple's broader goal to make all of its products from recycled or renewable materials.
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As part of that initiative, the firm hopes to develop an all-recycled iPhone at some point.
Apple has not set a date for when it will reach that goal, though some products such as the MacBook Air already feature aluminum made from melted down iPhones traded in to Apple.
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The firm on Thursday released new statistics about Daisy's iPhone recovery capabilities, saying the robot can now take apart 200 iPhones each hour.
Daisy pulls out the iPhone's battery and smaller parts, then recycles the aluminum shell.
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It uses artificial intelligence to identify iPhones as they enter the machine.
Daisy is now able to tell the difference between 15 different models, up from nine models last year, just by looking at them.
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Additionally, Daisy will now disassemble some used iPhones returned to Best Buy stores in the U.S, as well as those returned to Apple Stores or through Apple's online Trade In program.
With the lab, Apple is hoping to have academics and recyclers visit the facility to learn more about how they can repurpose...
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