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Meet Daisy, Apple's recycling robot that can disassemble 200 iPhones in an hour

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Apr 21, 2022 7:34 pm

With the number of innovations that Apple has made through the years, are we even surprised that they've made a robot that exclusively handles iPhones?

On Earth Day 2018, the tech giant introduced Daisy, a robot arm that can take apart 200 iPhones in under an hour. Once Daisy has disassembled the removable and miniature components that can't be regularly seen by the naked eye, the parts can then be sent for recycling.

Since Daisy's entrance, she has been a staple in Apple's headquarters in California and Texas.

Little has been known about Daisy since her introduction, as she has been stored in the recycling center of the offices. But now, YouTuber Sara Dietschy has been given a tour of one of Apple's Texas facilities, and she bought her camera crew along with her.

Turns out, Daisy isn't the typical robot we see on TV. In lieu of a face and human-like feature, she actually a uses a four-part machine comprised of modules that make it possible to completely clean out iPhones.

Daisy's first part or "module" seamlessly removes the phone's glass display. Its second module separates each phone's lithium-ion battery. Batteries are often hard to recycle, but utilizing Daisy makes it possible for the components to reach the necessary centers approved by Apple.

The third module removes the many miniature screws from the phone and, finally, module four, gathers all the components and parts on a conveyor belt for workers to manually sift through and properly dispose of.

Check out Sara's vlog here.