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Apple to donate to mark Earth Day

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In its mission to create a healthier planet through innovation, Apple on Friday announced a donation programme and debuted a disassembly robot “Daisy” as a part of its ongoing recycling effort.

Ahead of Earth Day — which would be celebrated on April 22 — Apple said that for every device received at its stores and apple.com through the “Apple GiveBack” programme till April 30, the company would make a donation to the non-profit Conservation International.

“In recognition of Earth Day, we are making it as simple as possible for our customers to recycle devices and do something good for the planet through Apple GiveBack,” Lisa Jackson, Apple’s Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, said in a statement.

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the natural world people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihood.

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Founded in 1987, the organisation works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy and prosperous planet.

Through Apple GiveBack, customers would be able to turn in their devices at any Apple Store or through apple.com to be recycled or traded in.

Eligible devices will receive credit that customers can use toward an in-store purchase or put on an Apple Store Gift Card for future use.

Apple also said that “Daisy”, which efficiently disassembles iPhones to reclaim valuable materials, would help the company move a step closer to its goal of making its products using only recycled or renewable materials.

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“We are also thrilled to introduce Daisy to the world, as she represents what is possible when innovation and conservation meet,” Jackson added.

Created through years of R&D, “Daisy” incorporates technology based on Apple’s learnings from Liam — its first disassembly robot launched in 2016.

“Daisy” is capable of disassembling nine versions of iPhone and sorting their high-quality components for recycling.

Daisy can take apart up to 200 iPhone devices per hour, removing and sorting components, so that Apple can recover materials that traditional recyclers cannot – and at a higher quality.  IANS

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55% of iPhones in Last 4 Years Running iOS 13: Apple

The company has already released four updates to iOS 13 since the initial release, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1.2, and iOS 13.1.3 with various bug fixes along with performance improvements

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iPhones are on display at an Apple store in Prince William Country, Virginia. (Photo: Diaa Bekheet) VOA

Apple has revealed that 55 per cent of iPhones introduced in the past four years have been running the latest version of the company’s mobile operating system iOS 13.

While, 38 per cent of all iPhones introduced during the past four years were running iOS 12, 7 per cent of the devices were having an earlier version of the application.

The company has also reported that 50 per cent of all the iPhones are running on iOS 13, while 41 per cent on iOS 12, 51 per cent on iOS 13 and, 8 and 9 per cent of devices with earlier versions.

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Apple has broken down the stats between both iOS 13 and iPadOS which were launched at different times earlier this year.

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Additionally, 33 per cent of all iPad devices on iPadOS 13, followed by 51 per cent on iOS 12 and 16 per cent on earlier releases.

The company has already released four updates to iOS 13 since the initial release, iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.1.2, and iOS 13.1.3 with various bug fixes along with performance improvements. (IANS)