The implications are boggling.
Earlier we reported that Apple had bought up all the patents for devices using LiquidMetal. This amorphous solid apparently has a unique texture and look that the Cupertino-based company covets for their next generation of gadgets. Now CultOfMac reports that a LiquidMetal product is already in use inside the iPhone 3G.
The part? A pin for ejecting the SIM card. That doesn't sound very exciting, but the implications are tremendously interesting. Bear with me.
Apple won't buy parts unless they can guarantee two distinct production sources for them, which is one of the reasons you won't see AMOLED on the iPhone anytime soon. Since the only people who can make Liquid Metal are, well, LiquidMetal, Apple didn't want to take the risk of using the new material on something crucial.
So, they used the 3G SIM ejector as a test. It wasn't a critical part, and it provided an excellent test of the durability of Liquid Metal. Now that Apple has bought up those patents, we can assume they considered the test to be a success. This means it is even more likely that we will see LiquidMetal make up a larger part of future Apple devices.