The iPad 3 Could Be Made Out Of Liquid Metal

The iPad 3 Could Be Made Out Of Liquid Metal

Well, this is interesting timing. LiquidMetal — the space-age alloy that Apple already uses for the iPhone’s SIM ejection tool and which they licensed for future products — has just announced they are shipping commercial parts to several unnamed customers. Can anyone say LiquidMetal iPad 3?

Apple’s long been rumored to use LiquidMetal in future product designs, and one possibility was a lighter, stronger iPad enclosure. The timing of today’s announcement — in which LiquidMetal reveals they started to deliver parts to customers in December, which is when iPad 3 production would have started ramping up — may be coincidental, but it is certainly telling.

“We are very excited about the use of amorphous metal alloy technology to deliver stronger, lighter and more corrosion resistant pats to our customers in varying industries globally,” Liquidmetal President and CEO Tom Steipp said. “These initial shipments represent a significant milestone in our efforts to provide a new class of materials for our customers to consider when designing complex parts.”

Whether the iPad 3 will contain LiquidMetal (and if so, how much) remains to be seen, but Apple has an exclusive right to use LiquidMetal in consumer electronics, so my guess is, this announcement isn’t coincidental. It’s embargoed.

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  • Johan Rolwen

    Third paragraph…
    …resistant ‘parts’.

  • kooleraid

    Nice work John!  How much do you get paid to promote pennystocks these days?

  • WardC

    That’s not a good idea, I don’t want the iPad melting in my lap. Liquid anything is not good, I want solid metal only.

  • rockarollr

    Milking the readership much today?

  • dcj001

    The iPad HD (the new iPad’s actual name) could be made of styrofoam.

    Like your headline, the keyword here is “could.”

  • koopapoopas

    No matter what, the iPad will be made of blog-hit-generating material.

  • Un_FollowMe

    No dumbass, the liquid metal is for Macbook Pro

  • maehara

     The back shell is a “part”.

  • Åsa Stenström

    Haven’t you heard of the Liquid iPad3? Buy it in a bottle. Choose your preferred size! http://asainthemiddle.blogspot

  • Alex

    Hey John has to eat somehow.  Since he has no real job skills the few pennies he gets from CoM for link baiting is all he has …

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