The Apple robot that tears iPhones apart

It’s basically The Terminator of iPhones, but it's all for the good of the environment.

Meryl D'Souza March 28, 2016

Since it was posted online last week, the above video has had more than 1.6 million views.

Those views aren’t for nothing. This isn’t your average robot. The sole purpose of 'Liam', as it is named, is to shred your iPhone so that it can recycle its valuable materials.

“True innovation means considering what happens to a product at every stage of its life cycle.”

That’s the line Apple’s using to convince you that its disassembling robot with 29 arms, is exactly what the world needs right now. And it probably is. But you’ve got to love the timing of Liam’s arrival.

It’s been under development for three years, but Liam only surfaced after the California-based company was on the receiving end of some heat for devices that are so tightly constructed, that their components can be difficult to disassemble, refurbish and reuse.

This may also be a good time to point out that according to Mashable’s Samantha Murphy Kelly, Liam takes about 11 seconds to go through one iPhone. That’s 350 units an hour and 1.2 million iPhones a year.

That number pales when you compare it to the 230 million phones Apple sold in 2015 alone. One Liam is nowhere near enough.

But hey, at least it’s a start.