Once again, Liquidmetal rumored to be part of the next iPhone
posted by Michael H. / Jan 13, 2014, 7:04 PM
MacRumors has found 17 new patent filings which apparently point to Apple working on using Liquidmetal once again. Many of the patents aren't actually attributed to Apple, but are attributed to companies that have been associated with Liquidmetal in the past.Apple has tested out the Liquidmetal alloys a couple times for the SIM card trays, but the material has never been found in a consumer version of an Apple device. Now,
A few of the patent filings cover various potential uses for Liquidmetal - using it for pressure sensors, like buttons, or for items like tamper-resistant screws. Of course, a patent filing doesn't necessarily mean much, especially this late in the game. While the next set of iOS devices isn't due out until the fall, Apple's deal with Liquidmetal Technologies is set to expire in less than one month, on Feburary 5th.
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I don't know much about this liquid metal thing, but what's with all you tech writers thinking everything is coming out in the fall? Apple said they will enter new product categories this year. Why would they announce everything this fall. It doesn't make since. At the latest we will have a new product by summer.
posted on Jan 13, 2014, 7:11 PM 0
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Hmmm.. Because they usually announce things in the fall? Or maybe this will make "sense" to you.. ;) "We are laser-focused and working hard on some amazing new products that we will introduce in the fall and across 2014." –Tim Cook Read more:http://www.businessinsider.com
posted on Jan 13, 2014, 8:01 PM 3
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You keyboard has a learning curve around "since" in place of sense, I noticed that typo twice now :D
posted on Jan 13, 2014, 10:01 PM 0
SKYNET on the RISE.
posted on Jan 13, 2014, 7:12 PM 4
Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 2013
Are we actually going to see a product with liquid metal? This has been rumoured every year but nothing ever came out. I would probably take this rumour as a grain of salt....
posted on Jan 13, 2014, 7:29 PM 1
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There is a real simple answer for this the reason you will not see liquid metal used in IOS products is right now it is still too expensive to use, there are other cheaper materials that work as/almost as good as liquid metal or better. Now Apple could use liquid metal but then the IOS device cost more to produce, their margins would shrink on their devices which the share holders would not like or they would charge more for devices that use liquid metal which consumers would not like and with more competition it's too risky to use.
posted on Jan 13, 2014, 9:41 PM 2
Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 05, 2013
Don't believe a word about liquidmetal technology. It will never go into a mass production. They can produce a sample out of 1000 tries but that's as good as it gets. Their production yield is usually less than 10% resulting in an extremely expensivep production cost.
posted on Jan 14, 2014, 1:13 AM 1
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