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04-18-2012, 04:54 PM #1
Report Claims Apple is Planning Thinner, Lighter Liquid Metal Next-Gen iPhone
Artistic approximation of the next-generation iPhone
The Korean publication ETNews threw out a “welcome to the future” Apple rumor today claiming Apple will use “liquid metal” technology in the next-generation iPhone.
"According to industry sources, the next flagship phones of the companies are expected to adopt unprecedented materials for their main bodies, that is, ceramic for the Galaxy S3 and liquid metal for iPhone5, both being thin, light and highly resistant to external impacts. The new phase of the rivalry is because neither one of them can get a decisive edge over the other solely with its OS and AP specifications, features or design," — ETNews
While no concrete proof has emerged of Apple’s plans for this enticing metal technology, the possibility of a liquid metal iPhone proves once more that Apple is Skynet and we are that much closer to an army of iDevices becoming self-aware.
Source: ETNews [via 9to5Mac]
04-18-2012, 05:08 PM #2
I'm gonna be the first to ask, what difference would this make? What would it look like? It sounds really cool
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04-18-2012, 06:24 PM #4
"Liquidmetal alloys are a revolutionary class of materials that redefine performance, process, and design paradigms. 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 popular high performance materials. First, they have an "amorphous" atomic structure, which is unprecedented for bulk structural metals. Second, they include a multi-component chemical compositions, which are optimized for various properties and processes. Finally, our metal alloys are the first commericially available metals with process technologies similar to plastics.
The technology of Liquidmetal alloys provides for the optimization of properties for specific applications by tailoring the combination of process, chemistry and atomic structure. The technology of Liquidmetal alloys is proprietary and covered by numerous existing or pending patents."
More from their webpage below.
To sum it up....it's a badass, revolutionary technology. Our phones will be extremely strong, damage resistant, and lightweight.
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04-18-2012, 06:32 PM #6
It could be made out of titanium, it will still be a small screen, have terrible battery life and sport it's aging OS - other devices are catching up, it needs to evolve.
04-18-2012, 06:33 PM #7
It sounds cool, but how liquid can this "liquid" metal be?
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04-18-2012, 08:12 PM #10
I would think apple would want a hard outer shell with a soft core to take impact while resisting scratching.
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04-18-2012, 09:59 PM #13
They can have my jailbreak when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.
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04-18-2012, 11:18 PM #16
Slimz has a point, who cares what it's made of if at the end of the day we get the same old design. The thing could be be made of pure diamond but then it's not going to do me any good if it has that stupid 3.5 inch screen. Oh! and they better use the same display tech as the new ipad on their next phone meaning in having the same color accuracy and saturation.
04-18-2012, 11:27 PM #17
04-19-2012, 12:01 AM #18
Everytime apple bring new changes to us, I like this liqiud metal material design though I don't know what it exactly is. I hope apple to change this class material on iphone4, it is so delicate.
04-19-2012, 12:53 AM #19
I don't see what the big deal is. It's more of a breakthrough for Apple's bottom line than product design. The liquid metal is injected into molds. This allows for thinner, more intricate one piece designs. But it's also way cheaper and way faster than CNC machining. I'd imagine liquid metal mold injection is at least 50% more efficient than machining. I'm sure we'll see some "revolutionary design" that wasn't possible with CNC machining, but I think it's more of a step in the manufacturing process than design.
04-19-2012, 01:12 AM #20