Forget Flimsy Glass, The iPhone 5 Will Be Built From Liquidmetal [Rumor]

Forget Flimsy Glass, The iPhone 5 Will Be Built From Liquidmetal [Rumor]

Liquid metal could make your next iPhone silky smooth and incredibly strong.

While it may look pretty, Apple’s decision to build the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S almost entirely out of glass means that the handset isn’t really cut out for the dings and drops that our smartphones often have to endure. But the new iPhone could be a whole lot different. Built from liquidmetal, it could be one of the strongest smartphones money can buy.

According to “industry sources” for ETNews, Apple and Samsung will “shift the focus of their competition to new materials” this year. With the iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S devices unable to gain any real edge over one another when it comes to operating system and specifications, the report notes, the two will use new materials to better distance themselves instead.

The Galaxy S III is expected to employ a ceramic body made by applying heat to non-metallic inorganic substances, which is said to be extremely light, strong, and comfortable for the user.

While the iPhone 5 will reportedly adopt a liquidmetal form, made from an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper “and so forth,” that will provide it with a silky smooth surface and an incredibly durable body. In addition to this, ETNews believes it will make its debut at WWDC in June.

Apple has been expected to use liquidmetal in its products for some time, so it’s not hugely surprising to hear that its sixth-generation iPhone will be the first to adopt this material. The company already uses liquidmetal for its SIM eject tools that are bundled with every iPhone and 3G/4G-capable iPad.

What is slightly questionable, however, is that the device will get its unveiling at WWDC. Apple broke away from a June unveiling for the iPhone last year, choosing to announce the iPhone 4S in October instead. It seems logical that the Cupertino company will leave it until the fall again to launch the next device.

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  • Bryan D. Carter

    iPhone 5L – Liquid metal on the outside, Liquipel on the inside, LTE enabled, Larger screen, Longer Lasting battery, and Lots of other refinements. The new iPhone is your partner for Life.

  • joewaylo

    Will this mean Apple will be the first one to make a T-1000 in a few years, instead of Cyberdyne Systems?

  • mr_bee

    iPhone 4/4s could not in any *accurate* way be referred to as being made “almost entirely out of glass.” It’s maybe 5% glass (if that).

  • Tallest_Skil

    iPhone 5L – Liquid metal on the outside, Liquipel on the inside, LTE enabled, Larger screen, Longer Lasting battery, and Lots of other refinements. The new iPhone is your partner for Life.

    Except it’s the sixth phone, for frick’s sake. I realize this is satire, but at least get it RIGHT.

  • ZEROL3ONHEART

    Yeah, like the “haptic feedback screen” rumor that went out before the new iPad announcement. As cool as that would be, I’ll believe it when I’m unboxing it.

  • drblank

    Kyocera makes knives out of ceramic, but when they are dropped on a hard surface, they do shatter. So, Samsung going with ceramic, may not be as durable unless they figured a way to make it more durable than what is used in knives.

  • Barton Lynch

    I sure hope so! Can’t wait!!

  • Stephen Gibson Agnew

    “What is slightly questionable, however, is that the device will get its unveiling at WWDC. Apple broke away from a June unveiling for the iPhone last year, choosing to announce the iPhone 4S in October instead. It seems logical that the Cupertino company will leave it until the fall again to launch the next device.”

    How is it logical for Apple to repeat one rare decision instead of repeating 4 of the same decisions?

    Apple only released the iPhone 4S last fall instead of summer because supply chain issues with the flooding all throughout Asia. With all of that mostly resolved, I see a Summer release just like before.

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Killian BellKillian Bell is a freelance writer based in the UK. He has an interest in all things tech, but most enjoys covering Apple, anything mobile, and gaming. You can follow him on Twitter via @killianbell, or through his website.

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