The Korean based ETNews is reporting that Apple’s next-gen iPhone, tentatively dubbed the iPhone 5, will utilize “liquid metal” alloys as a means to produce a device that is thinner, lighter, and more importantly, more durable in the face of drops and other damage inducing events.
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.
If you recall, Apple back in 2010 signed a deal with Liquidmetal Technologies whereby they were given free access to all of the company’s intellectual property. The benefit of the technology includes
- High Yield Strength
- High Hardness
- Superior Strength/Weight Ratio
- Superior Elastic Limit
- High Corrosion Resistance
- High Wear-Resistance
- Unique Acoustical Properties
We haven’t seen ETNews pop up in the Apple rumor mill much before, so take this report with a grain of salt.