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  • Apple is Officially Liquidmetal's Sugar Daddy

    Earlier this week, Paul reported on Apple securing a license for exclusive use of a new, strong, and flexible alloy for use in its products. The alloy, dubbed "Liquidmetal," has better than twice the strength of titanium, but cools quickly and can be easily molded like plastic. As some MMi readers quickly pointed out, this appears to be the first step to fulfilling Sarah Connor's prophecy. Nonetheless, Apple made the deal and "no other electronics manufacturer will be able to use the alloy."

    Today, Apple Insider is reporting that Apple's agreement with the alloy maker is officially saving Liquidmetal Technologies from an enormous debt problem. According to Liquidmetal's 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company swiftly paid off its $10.9 million debt with its newfound funds from Apple. "The foregoing obligations were paid with proceeds from the previously announced strategic licensing transaction with Apple Inc.," the filing reads.

    Although Apple is yet to publicly comment on its plans for Liquidmetal, it's clear to both industry professionals and casual outside observers that Apple is angling to build stronger and more durable products, especially future generation iPhones. The material in question is so strong "that a one inch wide bar can lift 300,000 pounds, while to a titanium bar the same size that can only lift 175,000 pounds."

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    Comments 41 Comments
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Now the next iphone can withstand the deathgrips.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Microsoft saved Apple. Now, Apple is saving Liquidmetal. This is gonna be great for the future iPhones, iPod touches, and Macs!
    1. EskimoRuler's Avatar
      EskimoRuler -
      Maybe future idevices will morph from an iPod to iPhone and and iPad like a terminator
    1. cranie's Avatar
      cranie -
      Liquid Metal stock was just pennies 5 days ago..now it's around 1.70
      Someone made a nice little chunk. Might be good to still get in on a few shares.
    1. metalmaster420's Avatar
      metalmaster420 -
      I'd like to see specs on the electrical conductivity and resistance of this metal versus say, steel, copper, gold etc. Imagine if it was superconductive as well as super strong!
    1. Sykx's Avatar
      Sykx -
      I assume they mean 1 sq. in. bar but nonetheless this is some great metallurgic science hopefully giving us the consumer and tech enthusiasts some promising outcomes from Apple.

      Cannot wait!

    1. swifty7's Avatar
      swifty7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Poseidon79 View Post
      $10.9 million is a drop in the bucket for Apple. Don't they have something along the lines of $30+ Billion in cash in the bank?
      you think that's a lot....the sheik Khalifa of Abudabi UAE has personally 875 billion dollars which means that he can buy himself 4 international space stations if he wanted to and still have some money left. That's enough money for him to hire Jobs as his personal wiper.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Drop the iPhone on cement will make a hole in the cement and not a scratch on the iPhone.
    1. Bluemoldycheeze88's Avatar
      Bluemoldycheeze88 -
      LiquidMetal Case - protects you phone from any physical damage or any death grip (c) before apple steals it
    1. SupaMonkey's Avatar
      SupaMonkey -
      Correct me if Im wrong but:
      has better than twice the strength of titanium
      that a one inch wide bar can lift 300,000 pounds, while to a titanium bar the same size that can only lift 175,000 pounds
      175000 * 2 = 350000

      So shouldnt titanium only be able to lift <150,000 pounds (or liquidmetal to be able to lift >350000 pounds) for the first statement to be true?
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      The whole change behind the 1st gen metal to the 2nd gen plastic was because of antennae interference. Supposedly. I personally think it was more about cost of metal vs plastic, but why would they make another metal phone? An iPod I could see.
    1. lacrossplayereht's Avatar
      lacrossplayereht -
      With Apples history of iDevices getting hot, I wouldnt be suprised to see them start melting. Liquid Metal? Thers always a drawback on something that good

      Thats some Appple logical for ya 175,000 * 2 = 300,000
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Apple is from the illuminate or sky net for all that mater. I just know I'll go make a secret weapons storage thing on the desert and get nitrogen and be ready. Just remember people there devices will be activated and they will kill us all. Let's all use android. Android is like the human resistance and ios= skynet AKA=apple
    1. lacrossplayereht's Avatar
      lacrossplayereht -
      Thats some Apple logic for ya 175,000 * 2 = 300,000
    1. frankyfontaine's Avatar
      frankyfontaine -
      Hey there, i've been watching liquid metals stock and doing some research and talking to stock brokers and found out that there a COMPLETE SCAM!!!!!

      A penny stock scam that is. Anytime a deal like this is done there's always a press release and there's absolutly none on there website or apple's about it. And the reason for that is so that when they do get found out about, they can say that they didn't say anything to mislead people.

      There's no SEC filing. look into there past and they already have 1 law suit for this kind of thing (penny stock scam, in 2003 they had a class action lawsuit, there stock went from pennys to 20$ a share!), I don't know how this got all over the net and made to look so ligitimate.

      Now we can at least try and get this news out there and save some people from losing a LOT more money then they already have.

      You can go on the NASDAQ and look at there financials, it makes no sense. They have 20 thousand dollars in transactions since 2004. How? if the've aparently done deals with the department of defence and and a major watch manufacturer and have there stuff in medical equipment! (I read this information on various other articles)

      This has got to be gotten under control so lets try and get the word out!
    1. Brandonii's Avatar
      Brandonii -
      I am pretty sure apple does their research ^
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      He is saying that the Apple purchase is fake to drive up stock prices.

      But here is the official link to the SEC filing.

    1. macguier's Avatar
      macguier -
      Great, now that the company is saved, maybe Apple can help them with that logo. It's making my eyes bleed.
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      iPlane, iStealth bomber whats next?
    1. ronr179's Avatar
      ronr179 -
      all I can say is WOW