Apple Pledges to End Mining and Use 100% Recycled Materials for Products

Why Apple can make or break entire companies that depend on the iPhone

Why Apple can make or break entire companies that depend on the iPhone

The move sent shudders through Apple's supply chain and has sparked investor jitters over whether Apple may rely more on its own in-house chip technology rather than external suppliers. "This raises expectations for this year's phone having a material change in functionality and look", said Gene Munster, co-founder of Loup Ventures and a veteran Apple analyst.

Yet while Apple is happy to announce that iPhone 6s logic boards will be made from recycled tin solder in the short term, the "how" of its closed-loop goal is still something of an unknown quantity. On the other hand, the newly renovated phone will use an OLED technology.

Serial Apple leaker Sonny Dickson is at it again, and this time he has shared what appears to be part of the plans of the iPhone 8. 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.

Apple Inc.'s vice president of policy, environment, and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, noted that the tech giant is actually doing something it rarely does, which is announce a goal before it has fully figured out how to achieve it.

If the newly leaked schematics are anything to go by, Apple could be taking a very different direction with the 2017 iPhone 8, also rumored to be called iPhone Edition - a really, horribly ugly one.

Now only a small percentage of the tech used in an iPhone comes from recycled materials, but the firm one day hopes to use materials such as aluminum, tin, copper and other elements that come from previously used sources. 96 percent of the power used by Apple facilities around the world comes from clean energy sources, and as has been the case for several years, 100 percent of the electricity that powers Apple data centers comes from solar, hydro, and wind energy sources.

Apple, the Cupertino, California-based company behind the iPhone, Mac, and iPad, has pledged to reduce its reliance on finite resources and step up renewable resource efforts. Because of this - and it's obvious need for continued profits - Apple continues to reject the idea that the company could meet its environmental goals sooner if it made its products last longer, and gave its customers the ability to easily fix them on their own. That production method also emitted 60% less greenhouse gas.

Once Apple uses micro-LED displays on the Apple Watch 3, LG Display, which has exclusively supplied OLEDs to Apple's smartwatches, will be hit hard.

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