liquid metal design

The latest Apple rumors circulating on the web involve the highly anticipated iPhone 5.  This report from comes from Kim In-Son, a writer from Korean publication ETNews who said an industry insider confirmed Apple’s plans to build a thinner, lighter version of their next gen iPhone that utilizes liquid metal technologies instead of glass. The article suggests they will use an alloy made from zirconium, titanium, copper, and nickel. They also predict that the new phone will be introduced at the WWDC this summer in San Francisco.  Since ETNews has not provided the “source”, it’s best to chalk up the news as a rumor.

Back in 2010, they acquired rights to patented metal alloys from Liquidmetal Technologies.

This has not been the first rumor regarding Apple’s use of Liquidmetal. Over a year ago, there was a rumor that they were going to manufacture their batteries with the amorphous metal alloy.

What we do know is that Apple will release the iPhone 5 this year, probably in the summer or in early fall as industry analysts expect.

Apple is a company that is well known for their innovative technology and products, so it would not be surprising at all if this rumor turned out to be true.  It would also be a good thing for iPhone users, as a liquidmetal alloy provides a more durable design. I, for one, would love it if Apple created a phone that was durable enough where you don’t need to keep it in a case. We’re still waiting to here more about the new iPhone generation from Apple’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook. We would like to find out more about when the next generation will arrive as well as what it will feature in terms of software and design. If it arrives in June as  predicted, we have about two more months to go, so it’s just a matter of time until we hear from Cook.