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This article was published on March 21, 2016

Liam is Apple’s robot that disassembles iPhones for recycling

Liam is Apple’s robot that disassembles iPhones for recycling
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Apple heavily emphasized its environmental work at its event in Cupertino today and showed off an amazing little robot called Liam that it uses to recycle iPhones.

The robot automatically scans old iPhones and separates them into component parts, which can allow old parts to become new parts. Liam scans materials in the phone and instantly knows the makeup of the part as well as what it can be used for.

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Apple says that old parts can become solar panels, new iPhones or other hardware. It’s not clear how many Liam’s Apple has, but the company says its engineers designed and built the robot itself.

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