Korea IT News published last Wednesday that Apple’s next-generation iPhone will ditch its glass back panel for a liquidmetal. The report claimed that the upcoming handset will be made of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and many more.
Its surface will also be “smooth like liquid.” Though the report refers to the general “liquid metal,” its proper noun form Liquidmetal is defined as an amorphous metal which Apple bought the exclusive rights from Liquidmetal Metal technologies to use in 2010.
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The online publication also pointed out that Apple’s next iPhone will be announced during the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this June. It should be recalled that the company hold off the announcement of the iPhone 4S at last year’s WWDC, unveiling the product in October 2011.
Given that previous move, most rumors have suggested that the company will also use the same time frame. Taking the September-October spotlight from its iPod Touch products, Apple is most likely to release its upcoming handset around this time, too.
Possible Metal Back for the iPhone
While it’s questionable for Apple to release its next-generation iPhone this June, the news about the handset’s metal back is nothing new. Last year, there were rumors suggesting that its iPhone 4S will scrap the glass back for a metal chassis.
Rumors surrounding the current iPhone iteration have provided conflicting reports, confusing people whether the handset will boast an all-new design or will retain the iPhone 4 form. In March 2011, China Times was the first to claim that the iPhone 4S is said to have a metal chassis. Reuters also chimed in that it will feature a similar design as the iPad 2, with its angled sides and flat back.
Liquidmetal Technologies announced last March 2011 that they’ve started shipping commercial parts to “several” unnamed customers. While the Cupertino-based company has the exclusive rights to use it on their electronic products, the amorphous metal can also be utilized by other industries like defense contractors, sports equipment manufacturers, and medical suppliers.
While it’s still unclear whether the next-generation iPhone will feature a liquidmetal back, the use of this material is nothing new for Apple. In fact, the SIM card ejector tool for iPhone 3G was the first product they’ve created out of liquidmetal. However, there were no further indications that the company created any of its products from the alloy since then.
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