Apple Releasing iPhone 8 & Two More New iPhones Devices This Year

Instead, the company held its cards close and let the rumor mill run amok.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) isn't just the world's most valuable company - it's well on its way to being the greenest as well.

Apple is also encouraging its customers to recycle their old devices through Apple Renew.

That means the end of mining metals from the earth, which is a tall order.

Apple has previously committed to making sure all the waste created by its supply chain is reused, recycled, composted, or converted into energy, with 17 of the company's 18 final assembly line and 25 of Apple suppliers having achieved zero waste to landfill status since January 2015. In March 2016, Apple announced that all 242 of the smelters and refiners that supply it with conflict minerals are a part of an auditing program conducted by the Conflict-Free Sourcing Initiative (CFSI), a third-party association.

"We're actually doing something we rarely do, which is announce a goal before we've completely figured out how to do it", Vice website quoted Lisa Jackson, Apple's Vice President of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, as saying. But the company also acknowledged that their step is really important. You can see Jackson's full Vice News Tonight interview below.

The sources also reportedly claimed that Apple is forecasting between 220 million and 230 million iPhone units this year.

"It would make sense for Apple to streamline the design and give users more working space with a bezel-less screen", he told TechNewsWorld.

The company managed to move nearly entirely to renewable energy to power its facilities within four years of announcing that goal, so it can be done. In 2012, it committed to transitioning to 100% renewable energy and has increasingly emphasized environmental sustainability in its products and packaging. "It sounds insane, but we're working on it", the company wrote in its 2017 Environmental Responsibility Report published Wednesday.

Like its rival Samsung's Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which arrive on the market Friday, Apple's next iPhone could feature a curved-edge screen face that's almost bezel free, various sources have reported. iPhone fans might also have to drop more cash than usual for Apple's newest phone, which is rumored to be priced in the $1,000 range.

Apple also tested a more ambitious prototype with the same slightly curved front and steel frame, but a glass back with more dramatic curves on the top and bottom like the original iPhone design from 2007, one of the people said.