Apple’s ‘Liam’ robot rips apart your old iPhones for recycling

Last Updated: 22 March, 2016
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Apple started its day with a peppy video onstage – ‘Liam’ the robotic arm – developed to tear apart your used iPhones and other gadgets down into discreet modules for recycling.

Revealed on stage by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s SVP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Liam detects the various parts in your phone before disassembling it and sending the carcass and the individual components to a processing plant for recycling.

Specifically, Apple highlights that Liam rescues cobalt and lithium from the battery, gold and copper from the camera, silver and platinum from the logic board and the aluminum enclosure, as well.

Customers can bring their iPhone, iPod and other devices into an Apple Store, or request a mailer online, to take part in a recycling program that is “safe for your data and safe for the planet.”

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