Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

Apple vows to 'pioneer' a closed-loop mining supply chain

Apple vows to 'pioneer' a closed-loop mining supply chain

Major tin producers have today (21 April) agreed to new reporting requirements aimed at strengthening the supply chain credentials of the sector. It did it with Siri in the iPhone 4S and the TouchID sensor in the iPhone 5S. In his tweet, Dickson noted, "iPhone 8 looks to be taking a new direction".

Apple's OLED supplier, Samsung Display, seemingly does not have enough to supply the iPhone and its own parent company, which is rolling out the competing Samsung S8 product line this year.

The report claims the iPhone 9 that will likely come out in 2018 could use OLED displays, but those displays would be manufactured and supplied by Chinese manufacturer BOE.

Tech giant Apple has pledged to "go deeper" in developing new products that promote the circular economy by using only renewable resources or recycled materials that negate the need to mine materials.

In its environmental report, the Cupertino-based company says its exploring a "closed-loop supply chain, where products are made using only renewable resources or recycled material".

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The "closed loop" project is probably the most immediately interesting of Apple's long-term initiatives, but the full report is worth a read if you're interested in Apple's energy production and water use, how it sources paper and reduces the amount of packaging material it uses, and how it attempts to cut down on waste by building more durable components that last longer.

"For tin, we took a different approach", the company said.

"We're also challenging ourselves to one day end our reliance on mining altogether", Apple wrote. Apple wants to change that, and instead break down old gadgets and use the scrap to build new products.

Apple also said that for every 100 000 iPhone 6 devices, Liam has the potential to recover 1900 kilograms of aluminium, 800 kilograms of copper, 300 grams of gold, 400 grams of "platinum group metals", seven kilograms of silver, 55 kilograms of tin, 24 kilograms of rare earth elements, 550 kilograms of cobalt, 3.5 kilograms of tungsten and 2.5 kilograms of tantalum. It is something which we have trouble with on the Samsung phones thus if Apple is able to find the right formula for it, we don't see why the iPhone 8 can't score it with the curved display.

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