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

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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15 Comments

1. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 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.

4. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 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

5. Sauce unregistered

It's an analyst thing.

8. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

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

12. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

*Your

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

SKYNET on the RISE.

10. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

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

14. linaresx

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 13, 2013

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

3. alltechinside

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....

9. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

That's the point of the article bro ;)

6. buccob

Posts: 2973; Member since: Jun 19, 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

7. JGuinan007

Posts: 699; Member since: May 19, 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.

11. orca99

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.

13. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

apple's smartband

15. HildyJ

Posts: 338; Member since: Aug 11, 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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