iPhone 5 rumors are nothing new for all of us. You have been long expecting it post the iPhone 4 release ? however, to be pleasantly surprised by Siri-enabled iPhone 4S from Apple in the fall of 2011. The rumors relating to its design, release and features just doesn?t seem to die down.
The most intriguing rumor that have woken up the iPhoneworld world in the last few hours is a revelation from a Korean news website that claims quoting industry sources that
?iPhone5 is likely to take liquid metal, an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and so forth having an outer surface smooth like liquid”.
This has caused quite a stir following speculations that the mentioned ?liquid metal? could well be an indication to the proper noun Liquidmetal ? an amorphous metal manufactured by Liquidmetal Technologies, which according to earlier reports has sold its exclusive rights to Apple Inc.
?In its 10-K filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Liquidmetal Technologies outlined the details of its $20 million licensing program with Apple, which began in 2010?.
Liquidmetal ?to replace? glass at the back of iPhone 5
Well, Liquidmetal is the latest to have taken the iPhone 5 ?rumorscope? by storm, when it comes to the hottest prevailing debate as to ?what will constitute the back of the next iPhone?. Well, if you have been closing following the series of rumors doing the rounds in the last few months, you must have noticed a strong indication of sources citing that ?Apple will use more metal in its next iPhone?
- Boy Genius Report had earlier said that Apple would be using aluminum as the backing of the iPhone 5, just like it’s done on all three generations of its iPad
- DigiTimes report claimed the back of the device would “be changed to a metal chassis instead of reinforced glass”.
- 9to5Mac report said Apple was making a move to metal instead of glass.
What is Liquidmetal
I?m sure you all must be wondering by now as to what Liquidmetal is and how it can be used in the next generation iPhone 5. Well, Liquidmetal Technologies have entered into exclusive contract with Apple Inc. to licence the use of its amorphous metal alloys with unique atomic structures.
The metal alloys developed by a research team at the California Institute of Technology and owned by Liquidmetal Technologies is amorphous; and their non-crystalline structure makes them harder than alloys of titanium or aluminium.
Have a look at the Liquidmetal?s corporate demo below for an insight into its properties:
It is believed that such properties are generally used to create products that are stronger, lighter, and resistant to wear and corrosion ? nonetheless the perfect requirement for Apple?s next-generation iPhone back cover.
What do you have to say about this new development and use of Liquidmetal in iPhone 5? Will it make any viable difference to the end user? Share your views here.