Apple will start trial assembly of iPhones in Bengaluru from next month

The iPhone giant has faced criticism in the past for using resources that are often associated with mines that use children as young as seven, in war-torn regions, and in places where environmental protections aren't well-regulated. Apple's goal is to combine recycled metals bought from suppliers with those taken from old Apple products returned by customers."We are committing as a company to not necessarily having to source from the earth for everything that we need", Jackson noted. "While transitioning to 100% recycled materials is critical to reducing the sector's footprint, it is also fundamental for Apple and other major IT companies to design products that last, are easy to fix, and recyclable at their end of life", said Greenpeace senior IT analyst Gary Cook. Virtually all smartphone companies-as well as manufacturers of a long list of other tech products-rely on the rare-earth supply chain to make their products.

Apple has promised that one day its millions of iPhones, iPads and Macs will be built entirely from recycled materials.

Regarding the matter, Karnataka's information technology minister Priyank Kharge said that Centre must encourage high-end tech manufacturing if it has to promote "Make in India".

Apple released its annual comprehensive environmental sustainability report, which covers its progress in fiscal 2016, and you can check it out in full here.

"It's an ambitious goal that will require many years of collaboration across multiple Apple teams, our suppliers, and specialty recyclers - but our work is already under way".

Apple has chose to use only renewable materials in its products from now on.

The challenge the company has set itself is to "one day end our reliance on mining altogether", which would be no small feat. The company's vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives told VICE news that Apple doesn't know how it will be achieved.

It is also said that the Apple is working a significant camera changes for the iPhone 8 and their future devices and may include a new dual-camera system.

There's rising speculation that Apple might come out with its next iPhone later than expected this year due to unresolved design and supply issues.

"Transitioning to non-virgin raw materials will help to decrease the demand for mined metals and other inputs, and increase recycling rates of electronics directly".

Just four years ago, Apple said it was going to power all of its facilities with the help of renewable energy, and it's now at 96%.

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