Apple Under Fire, Tries To Act More Responsibly

Posted April 22, 2017

Apple is preparing to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of its first iPhone by launching two new upgrades and a redesigned headset, but supply chain problems may delay the launch, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. While various rumors have been circulating for months about this year's new iPhone models, another leak this week renewed concerns that Apple might be relocating its Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the back of its new device. The company's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives told VICE news that Apple doesn't know how it will be achieved. The revamped design features of the iPhone 8 mentioned by the multiple sources are similar to previous iPhone 8 rumors.

The most interesting of Apple's goals for the future is a stated desire to manufacture 100 percent of its devices out of recycled materials rather than mining new materials and throwing out used materials.

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In its environmental report, the Cupertino-based company says its exploring a "closed-loop supply chain, where products are made using only renewable resources or recycled material". "One day we'd like to be able to build new products with just recycled materials, including your old products".

In the report, Apple claimed that for every 100,000 iPhone 6 devices, Liam has the potential to recover 1900kg of aluminium, 800kg of copper, 0.3kg of gold, 0.4kg of platinum group metals, 7kg of silver, 55kg of tin, 550kg of Cobalt, 24kg of "rare earth elements", 3.5kg of Tungsten and 2.5kg of Tantalum. Past year the company unveiled Liam, a robot that disassembles old phones so their parts can be reused. While Apple has been reluctant to disclose the precise percentage of recycled materials utilized in its products, there is no doubt that this is significant.

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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. This would allow it to end its reliance on mining "one day". "For tin, we took a different approach", the tech giant said. "We're also continuing our quest to make our products and processes even safer by pioneering ways to reduce and remove toxins".

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