Apple Plans to Make iPhones Without Mining for Materials

21 April, 2017, 04:56 | Author: Kristi Walker
  • Why Apple can make or break entire companies that depend on the iPhone

Those are lofty goals, which Apple admittedly isn't 100 percent sure how to accomplish.

"Traditional supply chains are linear", it said.

"One day, we'd like to be able to build new products with just recycled materials, including your old products", Apple says on its updated Environment site.

Apple said that it will soon stop mining, and manufacture iPhones and iPads from only green materials.

Still, if any company has the resources and the cash in its coffers to explore such a big initiative, it's probably Apple.

Like other tech companies, Apple has been criticised by shifting the blame on the use of conflict minerals like cobalt to suppliers.

It is also said that the Apple is working a significant camera changes for the iPhone 8 and their future devices and may include a new dual-camera system. And we're piloting innovative new recycling techniques, like our line of disassembly robots, so we can put reclaimed materials to better use in new products.

"We're actually doing something we rarely do, which is announce a goal before we've completely figured out how to do it", said Lisa Jackson, executive, Apple.

If the schematic is accurate, then it seems to be proof that Apple has found it too hard to keep the TouchID fingerprint scanner on the front of the phone and moved it to the rear. UBS forecasts Apple is likely to ratchet down the royalty rate it now pays of around US$0.30 to closer to US$0.10 - the rate Imagination charges customers such as MediaTek.

Apple suppliers have so far struggled to reliably produce heavily curved glass in mass quantities, so the company is more likely to ship the version with more subdued curves, the person added. The non-profit praised Apple's commitment, but had a caveat: it also wants the company to make devices that last longer and are easier to fix. And Jackson conceded that only a small amount of what's contained in an iPhone comes from recycled material. Greenpeace pointed out that it also wants Cupertino to make products that are easier to fix and last longer. Last year, Apple sold 78.3 million iPhone 7 and 7 Plus units, so racking up over 80 million sales for its highly hyped upcoming iPhones is an actual possibility.

But analysts are anticipating the potential for Apple's growth in India will be huge, reports the Nikkei, helped along by increasing competition among telecom companies.

Because of this, Apple won't be taking a "right to repair" approach to meeting its environmental goals.

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