Apple bought LiquidMetal patents back in 2010. Is Apple ready to use the new material in a product?
The iPhone 5 is expected to have a radical new design with possibly a larger screen. Today a rumor pops up in Korea on ETNews that says that Apple will use Liquid Metal as case material. Apple acquired LiquidMetal patents back in 2010. It is not clear if Liquidmetal is ready for production. ETNews makes another interesting claim in the same report. They say Apple will launch the iPhone 5 at the WWDC 2012 in June. This is actually rather unlikely. I could only see that happen if developers need advance notice of the iPhone 5. I still expect the new iPhone 5 to launch in Fall.
About Liquid Metal:
Liquidmetal alloys represent the first enabling materials technology since the creation of thermoplastics and possess characteristics that make them superior in many ways to other commercially-viable materials. First, they have an “amorphous” atomic structure, which is unprecedented for structural metals. Second, they include a multi-component chemical composition, which can be optimized for various properties and processes. Finally, they lend themselves to process technology similar to that possessed by plastics.