This machine is supposed to eat 1.2 million iPhones a year (video)

From Sara Dietschy's "Meet Daisy - Apple's Robot that Recycle's iPhones" posted Wednesday by Twitter Media Studio:

My take: First time I've seen the 1.2 million figure. If Daisy is being fed one iPhone at a time -- as in this video -- that number is surely a stretch. I bet the bulk of Apple's recycling at this Texas plant is done by the boxy blue contraption that shows up at 0:52.

See also: Meet Liam (Apple video) 


  1. Peter Kropf said:
    Hi Phil,

    It isn’t a stretch.

    She says that Daisy does 200 iPhones an hr.

    1,752,000 /yr = 200/hr x 24 hr/da x 365 da/yr

    April 20, 2022
  2. John Konopka said:
    She said there are two Daisy units that can process 200 iPhones an hour. If they run 24/7 that’s about 1.7 million a year. As she said, not full capacity.

    April 20, 2022
  3. Fred Stein said:
    I wish she had done some homework. How much actual material, such as copper, the battery materials, etc. gets recycled? Do any other smartphone maker recycle other than the old school big grinders?

    This matters because Apple has made aggressive goals w.r.t. recycling. Also because we’re having some material shortages right now. A real journalist would try to give perspective on that. Note the source, Twitter. ‘nuf said.

    April 20, 2022

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