Apple sues recycling partner for reselling more than 100,000 iPhones, iPads and Watches it was hired to dismantle
- Apple is suing former recycling partner GEEP Canada — now a part of Quantum Lifecycle Partners — for allegedly stealing and reselling at least 103,845 iPhones, iPads, and Watches it was hired to disassemble.
- Apple sent the recycling firm over 500,000 iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches between January 2015 and December 2017. When Apple did an audit, it discovered 18 percent of those devices were still accessing the internet through cellular networks. That 18 percent doesn’t count Apple devices without a cellular radio, so it’s possible an even higher percentage of the gadgets were resold.
- Apple seeks to obtain at least $31 million CAD (roughly $22.7 million USD) from its former partner. The recycling firm denies all wrongdoing, but it doesn’t deny there was a theft.
- It has reportedly filed a third-party suit claiming three employees stole the devices on their own behalf. Apple disagrees, arguing that these employees were in fact senior management at the recycling firm.