Apple creates Liam, a robot to rip apart used iPhones

Apple kicked off today’s keynote by focusing on their dedication to reusing, reducing and recycling. As part of that, the company revealed it built Liam, a robot especially designed to rip apart your iPhone so it can be recycled once its bell tolls.

Revealed on stage by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s SVP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Liam is the envy of Android fans all around the world: It’s an industrial robot especially designed to rip apart iPhones. 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.

Take that, stupid little SIM tray.

Take that, stupid little SIM tray. Muuhahahaha.

Leave it to Apple to make recycling sexy and to give its iPhone-shredder a name, but there you have it: The world’s first recycling robot that’s so cute you’ll want to stick it on a leash and parade it around the park.