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While Apple plans to source more of its materials from recycled goods, Jackson says that though a "product that lasts is really important", the company doesn't have plans to make its devices easier to fix to increase longevity. But "technology is really complex; it is sophisticated to make it work, to ensure that you have security and privacy, [and] that somebody isn't giving you bad parts". The report says that Apple is likely to use OLED displays for the iPhone 9 that will be launched next year, but these panels would be manufactured by Chinese company BOE. (Apple recently stopped buying cobalt mined in Congo and audited its supply chain).

Publishing its latest annual Environmental Responsibility Report, the IT and electronics giant said its goal was to operate a closed-loop supply chain "where products are built using only renewable resources or recycled materials".

Now only a small percentage of the tech used in an iPhone comes from recycled materials, but the firm one day hopes to use materials such as aluminum, tin, copper and other elements that come from previously used sources.

Jackson also defended Apple's history of making products that are hard to fix.

"Apple's commitment to 100% recycled materials is ambitious, and highlights the need for greater urgency across the sector to reduce resource consumption and e-waste that are causing significant impacts on the environment and human health", Gary Cook, Greenpeace's Senior IT Analyst, said in a statement. We have a basic idea of what the phone will look like and the features it will have, but it's all guesswork at this point and nothing has been set in stone from Apple.

The company said it already has programs in place to enable the responsible sourcing of minerals, metals and other finite materials used in its products.

Apple has a history of being one of the most environmentally conscious companies, and it's about to take those efforts a step further.

Apple acquired a company back in 2015 called Metaio from Germany that created "Thermal Touch" a new Augmented Reality Interface for wearables like a future Apple headset.

Note however Apple's use of the phrase, "one day".

Of those third-party suppliers, Apple announced that seven will run entirely on renewable energy by the end of 2017, while its own stores, offices and data centres now run on 96% green energy sources - an increase of 3% from 2016.

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