Don’t worry, Apple hasn’t gone out of its mind to destruct iPhones. At its event last night, the Cupertino company introduced Liam, a robot that can deconstruct old iPhones for recycling. This is part of the company’s initiative to become more environmental friendly.
Don’t expect any fancy robot or humanoid, Liam is a big robot with 29 robotic arms, each equipped with different skills. Instead of shredding an entire iPhone, and hence putting everything to waste and creating landfill, Liam will take apart piece by piece, and reuse certain components like gold and copper from camera, silver and platinum from the main logic board, and various materials in the iPhone. As Apple says, the world has limited resources and some things can’t be replaced.
Apple says that Liam can completely disassemble an iPhone every 11 seconds, and it can work on “dozens” of iPhones at the same time. It can rip apart about 350 units an hour, which is equivalent to 1.2 million iPhones each year. Let’s hope that other companies follow suit to help save our planet.