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Inside Liam

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.

As of right now, the company puts Liam to work Monday through Friday — it gets the weekend off.

Apple granted Mashable’s Samantha Murphy Kelly early access to a warehouse where Liam, the company’s new recycling robot, was operating. Fascinating story (alas, with no actual photos of the full robot).