According to Reuters, Apple, which has always focused on "self-privacy," plans to publicly share its new lab in Austin, Texas.
Apple said on Thursday that it will open a "material recycling" lab to study robotic technology and machine learning to disassemble equipment, recycle copper, aluminum and cobalt. New technology for valuable materials. The 9000-square-foot laboratory will be in the same facility as the “Western” in Austin. “黛西” is a robot made by Apple, and now it can disassemble the iPhone at a speed of 1.2 million units per year.
This lab is part of Apple's new goal of manufacturing all products from recyclable or renewable materials. Apple has not yet determined when it will achieve this goal.However, some products such as the MacBook Air have already recycled aluminum materials produced by the old iPhone.
Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, policy and social action, told Reuters that the study will provide a reference for Apple’s design products.
Jackson said in an interview: "I absolutely believe that what we have learned will apply to all Apple companies and we want to apply to all of our industries. Of course, in the process of advancing this technology, it will also affect designers and engineers.”
Apple has been criticized in the past for its thin product design. The product is difficult to disassemble and cannot be recycled.
iFixit is a company that provides free maintenance guidance for electronics, and its chief executive, Kyle Wiens, said Apple should recycle it properly The iPhone gets some praise. But he said that many other popular products of the company, such as AirPods headphones,They cannot be recycled economically because they are glued together.
Jackson dismissed this view by saying that smaller products reduce the use of materials and Apple focuses on making longer-lasting products. The company’s first data shows that 7.8 million old-for-new products attracted new users last year.
"Durability is important," Jackson said. "We know that our products have been in use for a long time."
Apple also said on Thursday that the materials recovered by Daisy robots will be used for new products. For example, the batteries recovered by Daisy will be sent to the recycler so that the cobalt in the battery can be used to produce new apple batteries.
IFixit’s Wiens said: “The mining conditions of cobalt mines are extremely harsh, and it is a good thing to reduce cobalt consumption overall.”