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Once again, Liquidmetal rumored to be part of the next iPhone

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Once again, Liquidmetal rumored to be part of the next iPhone
This is getting pretty absurd. Ever since Apple signed an exclusive agreement with Liquidmetal Technologies to use its unbreakable alloys, there have been consistent rumors that Liquidmetal would be put to use in iOS products. Apple signed that agreement back in 2010, which means we have had to go through over three years of this same rumor with absolutely nothing to show for it. And, of course, the rumor is back once again.

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, 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. 

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. 

source: USPTO 1, 2, & 3 via MacRumors

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posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:11

1. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

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 13 Jan 2014, 20:01 3

4. jael206 (Posts: 146; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)

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/apples-schedule-2013-7?op=1#ixzz2qKm1PQeY

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 20:01 1

5. Sauce (unregistered)

It's an analyst thing.

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 22:01

8. androiphone20 (Posts: 1654; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)

You keyboard has a learning curve around "since" in place of sense, I noticed that typo twice now :D

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 07:28 1

12. good2great (Posts: 1042; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:12 4

2. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


posted on 13 Jan 2014, 23:28 1

10. ocilfa (Posts: 334; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Are you referring to the liquid metal terminator in Terminator 2? If so, I see ya.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 10:33 1

14. linaresx (Posts: 101; Member since: 13 Jun 2013)

The iRobot is next. Look out John Connaaa!!!

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 19:29 1

3. alltechinside (Posts: 248; Member since: 21 Apr 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 13 Jan 2014, 23:09 2

9. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

That's the point of the article bro ;)

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 20:05 3

6. buccob (Posts: 2736; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Yeah it really sucks when they prevent the use of technology and innovation, and don't even use it for themselves. I used to love my SanDisk Titanium Flashdrive (made of Liquid Metal). Great quality

posted on 13 Jan 2014, 21:41 2

7. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

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 14 Jan 2014, 01:13 1

11. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 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 14 Jan 2014, 08:39

13. NexusX (Posts: 562; Member since: 16 May 2013)

apple's smartband

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 13:53

15. HildyJ (Posts: 305; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)

I'd like to point out that MacRumors was one of those in 2010 who predicted a liquid metal iPhone 4.

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