Inside Liam, Apple’s iPhone Recycling Robot

Samantha Murphy Kelly, writing for Mashable:

Liam completes an iPhone disassembly process every 11 seconds, with dozens running through the system at all times. About 350 units are turned around each hour, equivalent to 1.2 million iPhones each year. Apple wouldn’t say when Liam started its work, but emphasized the project is still in the research and development stages.

I’ll bet Apple is also working on robots that assemble devices. That was the idea at NeXT — “the machine that builds the machines”. The scale just wasn’t there.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016