Next iPhone delayed for October due to the 28nm chip shortages, to sport Liquidmetal casing

Next iPhone delayed for October due to the 28nm chip shortages, to sport Liquidmetal casing
Qualcomm complained the other day about the TSMC foundry not able to set up enough machines to cope with 28nm chips demand, which means its Snapdragon S4 chipsets and next generation LTE radios might be rationed for a few quarters.

CEO Paul Jacobs clarified that the capacity strain on the giant foundry will be somewhat eased in September, but overall there will be supply issues throughout the year. That market reality has supposedly made Apple decide to release its LTE iPhone a year after the 4S, said Gene Munster from Piper Jaffray, thus moving its annual phone launch to October for the second time in a row.

The analyst also said it will sport a new body design, and a Korean news publication chipped in with its own sources saying that the next iPhone will sport Liquidmetal casing. 

This alloy is an amalgamation of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and other stuff, that can be injection-molded for unibody designs, is very durable and is smooth like a liquid surface on the outside. The SIM card ejector on the iPhone is built with it, if you want to see what it feels like, but how it will look in an eventual iPhone chassis application is the billion dollar question.

source: Bloomberg & ETNews

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42 Comments

41. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

i cant wait until Winphone comes out (for Verizon) even tho i'm an android user....that way there will be one more reason that Apple Iphone will make it even more of a religion and that much more dead to the world i wish that you had to actually know technology to buy it. liquidmetal casing? ILaugh

31. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

When is the last time apple released anything ground breaking or revolutionary or (shudder) magical? The original iphone is the correct answer. Apple cannot innovate, all they know how to do is sucker people into buying another itteration of the ipod (since ipod is the heart and soul of their "product line" if you could even call their novelties that) since thats all they know how to do: resize the ipod, add ONE feature to differentiate it from the iphone/pad, lather rinse repeat. Pathetic. Translated for iDiots: "baaaaaaaaaaaah baah baah, bah bah bleat."

23. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

Another magic trick marketing ploy by Apple here, Liquid Metal Casing.....All metals are liquid at some point between ore and the products they are used in, especially alloys. Apple trying to make it sound futureistic like the Terminator 3. Nice try Apple but some of us are too smart to fall for your ploys.

26. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Try reading up on what it is. You make yourself sound very ignorant right now.

27. darth8ball

Posts: 520; Member since: Aug 02, 2011

‘metallic glass is a metal alloy, but one with the disordered structure of glass’. The material has been around since the 1990s, but since a new breakthrough in ‘superspeed pulse mould technology’, this type of glass, which is as tough as metal, can now be used for phone casings. I know what it is but read the above description and see if you can find the problem

14. testman22

Posts: 339; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

I think apple has to realize the iphone 5 is their last chance to grab a hold of many android users. I personally am willing to switch if it has the following: -4 inch screen -at least 10 mp camera -some basic widgets (is it that much to ask) -quad core processor -LTE (that should be a given)

18. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

- My DSLR has a 6MP sensor and takes awesome pictures. For a phone, the limitation on picture quality is not the number of pixels, but rather the quality of the sensor and optics. A bump to 10 mp would be meaningless. - Why do you need a quad core!? Most laptops running 64 bit Windows run more very fast with a dual core. Seriously, there's a difference between changing specs just to be able to say you have more megapixels or more cores, and changing specs that make a difference.

21. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I agree here. Why quad core? Yes, you want games to be fast. Yes, you want fluid navigation. In the end though, the purpose of the phone is to be "mobile". Having a phone tied to a charging cord all of the time is far from "mobile". I would gladly sacrifice a core or two if it meant I did not have to charge the thing so much.

22. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Personally ... I think a faster imaging processor ... optical/digital stabilization ... these will provide more quality and a better experience the pixels. Mind you, the memory/NAND manufacturers are going to love you. More MP means larger sized pictures. The phone will then need the extra storage for all these larger pictures.

25. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

I think LTE and camera upgrade are a no brainier. They already added two widgets to ios 5. I think 4 inch screen and quad core are likely but not guaranteed. You have to understand processor with an iPhone is not that important because iOS is well written OS that functions very smoothly. Android needs faster processors and still has more hiccups.

13. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

i dont buy that there were ever plans to launch this thing this summer. that just doesnt make sense to me. and im a bit shocked by the constant comparison to android. apple and their customers could care less about android devices winning the spec race. apple only cares about profit, their customers only care about UI and pretty, "just working" devices. even with the slimmest of upgrades (probably what we'll see), this will outsell every other phone released this year.

17. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

Mostly true. But I also want to be able to do anything I need with a phone, and do it well. I couldn't care less about rooting or 3D customizable screen this slow a phone down to a crawl.

40. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

so doing things like widgets is doing "anything and doing it well?" pardon me while i throw up

20. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Personally, the longer they wait, I am okay with it. I purchased my i4, two years ago Christmas. So essentially, I would have to wait till the New Year 2013 anyway before I could upgrade ;)

28. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

thats partially true chack. rooting can increase the speed (through over clocking) and custamizable screens, im guessing you mean wall paper. i think its silly, but if the specs are there, it shouldnt noticably slow it down at all. theoak, they'll probably offer you an upgrade when it launches or shortly after. i doubt you'll wait until 2013. when i look now, its 20 months after my last upgrade.

33. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

A lot of people buy iPhones just because there iPhones. A lot of them don't really know anything about dual core, quad core, etc. Their just buying iPhone because they want to have that phone they see constantly in the media and hears about in the news. Most iPhone costumers go in to the store saying "I want an iPhone." Hell, some of the older people don't even know what the damn thing looks like, and parents get them because thats what their children want, and the children want it so they can be like the stars and the popular kids playing their Gameloft games. It's very rare that costumers are well informed about the specs or any of the other phones on the market when purchasing an iPhone. The iPhone's best asset is its name. People hear iPhone and think "Oh, thats the best because, that's the phone the stars have right?" and the don't even go thought the trouble of seeing what else is on the market. It's commodity fetishism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodity_fetishism)​. The iPhone in are society symbolizes "status" just like what we say before with Blackberry's. We saw it with the Instagram fiasco. The general reation put forth by iPhone users was basically "don't let those poor android users have what we have!". That doesn't sound like a reaction from a well informed costumer to me when there price difference between top android phones and the iPhone are not far apart. Thats not to say that there aren't well informed costumers buying iPhones as well but, they mostly do it for the extraordinary developer support of the App Store. Almost all major dev's put there app on the App Store before any other app market be it the Play Store or Windows Phone. Some of them don't even bother to put there apps anywhere else at all and there are reasons. The point is thought that Apple really doesn't have to be the best in spec. department, they only have to be just a good as their competitors and they will still win in sales because Apple keeps their devices in the media. The only way that will change is if people become informed about the other phones on the market.

37. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Amen.

11. cdilson

Posts: 14; Member since: Apr 18, 2010

I'll take two please. Yessah.

16. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

In for 5. The whole family is waking up and slowly switching from dying droids that aren't getting any updates.

29. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Huh, you must have the LG PHOENIX - try the DROID RAZR - works great with ICS 4.0.1.

6. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

By the time it actually comes out the galaxy s3 could well have a strangle hold on the market as well as other top androids. Also come October or November we will be seeing the next line of android being seen beyond quad core. Still the extra wait until October gives iphone 4$ fans more time to save up for a sim free version due to lack of an upgrade

8. stealthd unregistered

Yeah just like the Galaxy SII had a stranglehold on the market when the 4S came out. It's just history repeating itself really.

24. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Well let's see no android phone has a stranglehold on the market since the iPhone outsells them all. There's not even quad core phones out yet and you're trying to say its outdated? Uneducated android user

39. atheisticemetic

Posts: 377; Member since: Dec 18, 2011

"Well let's see no android phone has a stranglehold on the market since the iPhone outsells them all" actually android sells more worldwide than your apple iphone yet again another arrogant and ignorant apple user the iphone will be outdated when it is released, of that i'm willing to bet money on. Your iphone 4s is a Droid X2 currently and you expect that the Iphone 5 is going to somehow set a standard? what planet do you live on that you actually trust apple?

5. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Of course, it will be... divine!

4. ilia1986 unregistered

4" screen A5X chip clocked at 800 Mhz (Dual core CPU with quad core graphics) LTE 1152*768 resolution (probably) Same 8MP camera with 1080p video recording The new iPhone. Been there, seen that.

7. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

Sounds like it will change everything again again! $

9. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Probably with U.S. ONLY LTE!

15. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

If the carriers want to fragment the LTE standard into a hundred different frequency bands, that's the carrier's bad. They're only doing it to keep their customers from switching. Blame the carriers for f*&()&ing up LTE, not Apple.

36. jamrockjones

Posts: 345; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

But still, Apple is the only manufacturer that makes one phone and expects all carriers frequency to support, otherwise the carrier doesn't get it. Everyone else adjusts the phone specific to the carrier.... well except Apple, because THEY believe that the universe revolves around them and their products.

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