Dave the dismantler for iPhones

Apple has unveiled its latest recycling innovation — a phone dismantling robot called ‘Dave’.

The system was specifically designed to take out the taptic engine, which creates the buzzing sensation when touching the iPhone screen. This will help recover valuable materials such as rare earth magnets and tungsten as well as steel. Dave’s predecessor was called ‘Daisy’, which debuted in 2018 following the launch of ‘Liam’ in 2016.

Apple says that all iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch devices released in the past year contain some recycled content, including 100% recycled rare earth elements in the taptic engine – claimed to be a first for smartphones.

Meanwhile, the Apple Material Recovery Lab in Austin, Texas, which is focused on innovative electronics recycling technology, has teamed up with Carnegie Mellon University to further develop engineering solutions.