The iPhone 5: From Glass to Liquidmetal

Korean website ETNews claims that Apple is planning to use new “liquid metal” alloys in the next iPhone to make it thinner and lighter and more resistant to damage. Apple acquired the rights to Liquidmetal Technologies’ “amorphous metal alloys” in August 2010 and was soon spotted hiring engineers to work on the materials.

Also somewhere  in the mid-2011, I remember coming across an article saying that Apple is going to manufacture the iPhone in various colors just like the iPods. At first this just seemed ridiculous but now that I come to think of it, the iPods are made of liquid metal and it is easier to electro-plate liquid metal, this same process was allegedly used in the manufacture of colored iPods (initially).

ETNews further report:

According to industry sources, the next flagship phones of the companies are expected to adopt unprecedented materials for their main bodies, that is, ceramic for the Galaxy S3 and liquid metal for iPhone5, both being thin, light and highly resistant to external impacts. In the meantime, iPhone5 is likely to take liquid metal, an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and so forth having an outer surface smooth like liquid. The new iPhone is expected to make its debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco in June.

The Rancho Santa Margarita, California-based Liquidmetal Technologies says these amorphous alloys are:

unique materials that are distinguished by their ability to retain a random structure when they solidify, in contrast to the crystalline atomic structure that forms in ordinary metals and alloys. Liquidmetal Technologies is the first company to produce amorphous alloys in commercially viable bulk form, enabling significant improvements in products across a wide array of industries.

As ETNews reports, the iPhone 5 is set to launch this June at the World Wide Developers Conference, but the usually accurate Japanese blog Macotakara has called for a Fall launch.

What are your thoughts on the Liquidmetal-based iPhone 5? Do you think we will be seeing it?

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