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New iPhone 5 Based On Liquidmetal? [RUMOR]

An interesting posting about the New iPhone 5 appeared a few hours ago in the Korea IT News section of The reporter Kim In-soon claims to have knowledge of the new materials used by Apple and Samsung for their new Smartphones such as: Liquidmetal and Ceramic. Although the sources are not directly mentioned and cannot be verified, it is an interesting thought.

Kim In-soon wrote in his posting:

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 the 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.

Galaxy S3 & Ceramic

Samsung’s Galaxy S3, most likely to be unveiled next month, is already rumored to have a ceramic body. High Tech ceramic is extremely light, comfortable to grip, resistant to shock and could give the Galaxy S3 a unique look.

New iPhone 5 & Liquidmetal

For the new iPhone 5, there are probably three choices: Apple continues with the glass-back, or they will make a uni-body aluminum frame, or they will adopt the idea of liquid metal. Since Apple has an exclusive agreement to use it in electronic devices, the last choice could be a good guess.
Liquidmetal is a series of exotic alloy components and is often referred to as “bulk metallic glass”. This name refers to the atomic structure that makes it glass-like while offering a super strong yet extremely flexible material that is resistant to corrosion and is scratchproof as well.

Here is a small video to demonstrate the flexibility and the possibilities to use that:

Apple purchased the exclusive rights on this spacy-material in 2010. The company behind the metal, Liquidmetal Technologies, revealed later that it was paid $20 million by Apple in that deal.

Antenna Made of Liquidmetal?

Right after the deal, there were already rumors that Apple would use this build a new generation antenna. Liquidmetal Technologies already used the material to build the antenna for the Verizon USB727 wireless modem, which got great reviews for its reception. So that could be a very good guess.

Battery Made of Liquidmetal?

Another possibility is about batteries: In 2011, Apple required a patent to use this in fuel cells. Apple’s new patent describes “amorphous alloy” collector plates for fuel cells, an electrochemical battery that uses hydrogen to generate electricity. Although the patent doesn’t reference the Liquidmetal trademark, the material is an amorphous alloy or “metallic glass.”

SIM Tray Opener Made of Liquidmetal!

Despite of all the rumors and facts, the new material didn’t showed up in new devices yet, except for the little tool to open the SIM tray on the iPhone and the iPad.

More Possibilities for New iPhone 5?

Take a look at this impression for a fold-up liquidmetal cellphone.

New iPhone 5 made of Liquidmetal

With a material like this, the sky is the limit. Do you have a good idea how to use this new material on the new iPhone 5?

[via Etnews, image via Cult of Mac]

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