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Next iPhone may be housed in ‘Liquidmetal’

Liquidmetal would make the outer surface of the iPhone

After releasing two generations of iPhones with exactly the same form factor, Apple is expected to show off a new chassis design — and possibly new materials — in its sixth-generation smartphone.

And a little-known alloy that Apple has quietly been using for the past two years could be just the ticket to make consumers swoon.

Korea IT News reported Wednesday that the iPhone 5 is likely to be housed in Liquidmetal, the commercial name for an alloy of titanium, zirconium, nickel, copper and other metals. It would make the outer surface of the phone “smooth like liquid,” according to the report.

“The next iPhone needs to truly stand out from the crowd,” Canalys analyst Chris Jones told Wired via email. “A change in materials is a likely way to differentiate its form factor.”

Liquidmetal was discovered at the California Institute of Technology in 1992. It’s a class of patented amorphous metal alloys (basically metallic glass) with unique properties including high strength, high wear resistance against scratching and denting, and a good strength-to-weight ratio. Apple was granted rights to use it in August of 2010.  Read More

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Posted on April 22, 2012, in Apple and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Very interesting! I agree, Apple is going to have to work hard to stand out and continue being different to keep their customers. I’m a former iPhone user, and had to switch to Android because it was a better, more universal product for what I need. I would consider going back to Apple, but they’ll have to WOW me. :)

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