The next generation iPhone 5 is rumored to be built with more metal substance, recent reports suggest. Korea’s ET News has even gone on to say that the iPhone 5 will be made of Liquidmetal materials thanks to Apple’s deal with the Liquidmetal Technologies, which produces the strong amorphous metal alloys. Samsung is also said to shape its next Galaxy S3 using the same stuff, the Korean blog adds.
The Liquidmetal was originally developed by a team of researchers of the California Institute of Technology. The product is now marketed by Liquidmetal Technologies, the firm the researchers themselves formed. Though it has a mention of 'liquid' in its name, the material doesn't contain any liquid. It is a very strong substance that can endure thermal cycling and is largely used to manufacture medical, military and sport and fitness accessories.
In fact, there have been strong rumors that the new iPhone will be built with solid materials. Some sources said that Apple would utilize aluminum or other metal substances instead of reinforced glass to build the new iPhone. The iPhone 4’s glass panel was counted as one of the major reasons for the device’s notorious antennagate issue. It might have driven Apple to rethink of the material for its production.
ET News confidently states that the new iPhone will come out of over at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference 2012. Apple’s developer conference takes place in June every year and the company used to launch new iPhone upgrades at the event. Yet, last year Apple unfortunately did not unleash its current iPhone 4S in the event.