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Apple’s cranes are recycled and rare earth elements, for iPhone spare parts

(Reuters) – Apple Inc’s new iPhones, used, are recycled and rare earth elements as a main component, the company said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: the Apple logo is reflected on the glass window outside an Apple store in Shanghai, China, on January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

Apple said that it will be using recycled rare-earth metals, of, in, the “Taptic Engine”, a feature that allows the iphone to mimic the physical click of the button, despite the fact that it’s a flat pane of glass. The proportion is about one-quarter of the rare-earth elements in the models of the iPhone.

Rare earth metals are a group of 17 dedicated, minerals, and a flash point in trade tensions between the United States and China. The elements that can be used in weapons, electronics and other goods.

China now dominates the processing of raw minerals, and implicitly by the state-controlled media, and that it would be able to reduce the rare-earth metals, of sales in the United States of america, just like it did to Japan after a diplomatic dispute in 2010.

Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environmental, policy, and social initiatives, said the company’s use of recycled rare earth metals is “not closely related” to the market tensions, however, can help to maintain a steady supply.

“This is one of those happy coincidences where what’s good for the planet is good for business at the same time,” Jackson told Reuters. “One of the things that we’re talking about a lot internally is, in general, are much more resilient and this is what makes our supply chain.”

In consumer electronics, rare-earth metals, of living in a small speaker, and actuators. The parts are so small that they can collect for recycling is difficult and expensive.

For now, Apple will use the recycled rare-earth metals from the third party, and not previously used in the iphone. Apple refused to change the name of the vendor ” or ” product of the rare earth metals are recovered from it.

But Jackson said that with Apple’s economies of scale, new models of the iPhone usually sells in the tens of millions of units per year, and have helped to make the project economically feasible.

“We have, in fact, be a market for such a business innovator who found a way to recycle rare-earth metals,” Jackson said.

Apple’s focus is on the re-use of components from old machines.

Apple said on Wednesday that the aluminum enclosures will be restored through the trade-in program will be melted down and made into new MacBook Air in laptop computers. The company has previously disclosed that the cobalt is recovered from the iPhone, the battery is dismantled by robots, and against recycling in the labs, in Texas, is to be placed in the new iPhone’s battery.

Apple has been experimenting with ways to recover rare earth metals from its phones, with the help of the robot, which is able to remove small parts, and separate them into containers to gather enough material to make recycling viable.

The company is also exploring ways in which the conventional recyclers, which will destroy the devices and the separation of the different materials, some of their lines, and to repair the elements of the information, Jackson said, Apple has been open to the deal.

“There have been a number of innovations that we want people to copy it. So, as much as possible, as long as it does not have to give away a number of design and engineering innovation, we’re pleased to pass along the recycling industry,” Jackson said. “We have started to be much more transparent around this technology, and the development of us than we usually are.”

Report by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by John Mitchell and Sonya Hepinstall

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