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Apple’s new robot, Daisy, recycles high-quality materials from up to 200 devices per hour

By April Gocha / April 24, 2018

In an effort to increase its sustainability and materials recycling efforts, Apple just unveiled a new robotic iPhone disassembly system, Daisy, that can separate and recover valuable materials from used iPhone devices in a matter of minutes.

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‘An iPhone formed from glass’—New slate of Apple smartphones feature glass front and back faces

By April Gocha / September 15, 2017

By now, you’ve probably heard that the rumors are true—Apple’s newest iPhones have shed their aluminum skins for an “all-glass design” instead, complete with front and back glass surfaces.

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What’s really inside your smartphone: A pile of raw minerals and serious social consequences

By April Gocha / August 22, 2017

According to a laboratory compositional analysis, the elemental recipe for a 129-g Apple iPhone includes about 24.1% aluminum, 15.4% carbon, 14.4% iron, and 14.5% oxygen by weight. And altogether, that pile of smartphone powder—ground from a $700 device—has a raw elemental value of about $1.03.

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Continuing the trend: Essential Phone joins list of smartphones featuring ceramic exteriors

By April Gocha / June 5, 2017

The trend of incorporating ceramic materials into smartphone exteriors seems to be continuing, at least for now—Essential’s new Phone is about to enter the market with a titanium, Gorilla Glass, and ceramic exterior.

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Apple might use metallic glass alloys on back panel in next iPhones

By Faye Oney / April 21, 2017

Apple has published a patent, hinting that the back of its next iPhone may be made of a metallic glass material. The material is created using a micro-alloying process that combines metallic glass with a metal substrate, resulting in a smooth and durable finish.

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Apple releases latest harvest of fruit with new iPhone 7 and ceramic Watch

By April Gocha / September 9, 2016

Apple unveiled the latest iteration of its tech products this week, debuting the new iPhone 7 and Series 2 Watches.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / June 1, 2016

Nanoparticle catalysts could reduce precious metal needs, Apple supplier confirms glass rumors, and other materials stories that may be of interest for June 1, 2016.

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Shattering expectations: Will the Apple iPhone 8 go all-glass next year?

By April Gocha / May 6, 2016

One of the most reliable Apple trend analysts, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, predicts that next year’s iPhone iteration will say sayonara to its metal casing—and opt for all-glass instead.

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Fruitful enterprise? Apple patents method to manufacture harder zirconia ceramic

By April Gocha / August 11, 2015

According to Patently Apple, Apple has filed a new(ish) patent for a ceramic component casting method to manufacture harder zirconia ceramics.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By April Gocha / September 24, 2014

Other materials stories that may be of interest for September 24, 2014.

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