The Anatomy Of an Iphone Battery

1. The iPhone battery is made up of unique and different types of elements. The 5 main elements in the battery are lithium, oxygen, carbon, aluminum and cobalt. Most of, or if not all iPhones have lithium ion batteries. Lithium ion batteries are composed of lithium cobalt oxide as a positive electrode and carbon as a negative electrode. It is found in numerous devices and is very lightweight and convenient. The batteries case is made up of aluminum because of its lightness and its resistibility.

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2. In 2 years an average iPhone lithium ion battery still has 80% of its original capacity. Unfortunately studies show the average Canadian buys a new smartphone every 2 years even though the battery would still have 80% of its capacity left. Since important compounds are used to make lithium ion batteries they are going to waste. Not to mention the amount of fossil fuels, time and money it took to get those materials, it would be a complete waste of important compounds. Some cons with using these compounds are batteries that use cobalt such as the iPhone is very rare and are found to have the highest environmental affects. Some of these affects are resource depletion, global warming, ecological toxicity, and even human health impacts such as respiratory issues.

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3. The materials used in an iPhone battery are unique and very hard to attain. Expensive machines must be used and these materials are found all over the world in vast areas. First off lithium is found mostly in Chile. They are mined from igneous rocks and even lithium chloride salts, and other countries such as China and some parts of America. Next is carbon and oxygen which is basically found everywhere on the earth. Now aluminum which is produced mostly by Australia followed by countries such as China, Brazil, India and Guinea. They are typically found in the tropics and the subtropics. Finally Cobalt which is mostly mined and shipped from the countries Democratic republic of Congo, Mainland China, Zambia, Russia and Australia.

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Aluminum mining

4. iPhone batteries, but more specifically lithium ion batteries can be recycled with an environmentally friendly way. Batteries can harm the environment with its bad chemicals inside which can affect the air and soil but thanks to this recycling process we can assure we are safe. First the lithium ion batteries are collected through recycling centres, next they are reproccessed with heat treatment or in other words pyrolysis. This separates the important metals and the reusable ones such as cobalt which is then sold and reused. This helps lessen the demand of mining plants which directly affect the environment drastically.

5. Our iPhone have become a part of our everyday life and is slowly becoming a neccisity for the growing generation. Average people everyday in North America spend about an average of 531$ for an iPhone. Since most people are on a 2 year contract meaning they cannot buy another phone for 2 years or they get additionally charged. Most people studies show tend to wait two years before purchasing an iPhone or other smarthphone device. A study shows that about 51% of smartphone users will only buy another device once their current device is unusable. Another 47% say they will buy a new phone as soon as they're carrier allows it and finally the 2% that will buy a new phone as soon as the new model comes out which is usually every year.

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6. An iPhone is rated the most popular and used phone today and is sold all around the world. Out of the 1.34 billion people in china, 900 million people are iPhone users which is undeniably a very large number. The iPhone is mostly created in Japan although its headquarters is in California. Although it's mostly made in Japan they're are a lot of different pieces of the iPhone which is shipped to Japan who make the final product such as Taiwan.

iPhone factory in china

7. There many pros and cons of an iPhone such as what does it bring to society, environment and the economy. A pro a smart phone can have for society is it's a great way to communicate. This means that we don't have to travel or send mail and wait countless days for a message to be received. In almost an instant the message is received in no matter what part of the planet they are. Some cons though are that phones are very time consuming. Although they show a variety of apps that we can do it proves to be addicting and is affecting the youth. Study shows that average iPhone user spends 3.5 hours a day on their phone. A pro that iPhones have on the environment is that we don't have to travel by car to send a message or mail it which is taken by a car or plane. This uses no gas at all thus stopping greenhouse gases and pollution to occur. A con although is that these device have chemicals in them and if not recycled properly can leech into the soil and affect the air we breath. A pro for the economy is that smartphones can create thousands of jobs in means of factories and other workplaces helping the economy grow especially in developing countries. But a con is that smart phones are distracting the youth today who are one day going to be a big part of the economy depending on how well they used their knowledge in school. Some argue smartphones stop the youth's full learning experience.

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Created with images by cicwdn - "mobile work place keyboard" • cote - "This is what I've come to expect" • bfishadow - "iPhone"

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