Apple has announced the opening of a materials recovery laboratory in Austin, Texas. This new laboratory, with an area of 840 m2, will aim to develop new recycling processes, involving not only robotics but also machine learning, in order to disassemble the devices recovering valuable materials (such as copper, aluminum and cobalt).
The new lab will be located at the same facility in Austin where the Daisy robot is, with the ability to dismantle 1.2 million iPhones per year.
The lab is part of Apple's broader goal of manufacturing all of its products from recycled or renewable materials, although it has not yet set a date for that goal.
In an interview with Reuters, Lisa Jackson, Apple's vice president for environment and social policies, said she believed the project will influence how Apple and the industry will design and manufacture their products in the future.
Apple also said the materials recycled by the Daisy robot will be integrated into new products. As an example of this policy, the apple company said it will use the cobalt of batteries recovered in the manufacture of its new batteries.