“There’s been a lot of speculation that Apple will use space-age Liquidmetal alloys to make morphing iPhones or other sci-fi technology, but the company has already used the exotic alloy — and in the most unlikely place,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac.
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“The pin for ejecting the iPhone 3G SIM card is made from Liquidmetal, an extremely hard and light metal alloy, according to Atakan Peker, the alloy’s co-inventor, who spoke to CultofMac.com last week,” Kahney reports.
“CultofMac.com has independently confirmed that Apple used Liquidmetal. Apple sourced the part from Liquidmetal Technologies as a test of the company’s manufacturing capabilities,” Kahney reports. “Apple has a very strict policy that normally requires at least two separate sources for parts. The policy is insurance against supply problems like factories burning down. ut because Liquidmetal is state-of-the-art, there weren’t two sources of Liquidmetal parts. Liquidmetal Technologies didn’t even have two production lines. Apple decided to source a non-essential part: a SIM card ejector pin. The pin was also a good test of Liquidmetal’s unique properties — it must be strong and inflexible.”
Full article, with the winner of a new Magic Trackpad for the person who was the first to correctly name the product in which Apple already used Liquidmetal, here.
MacDailyNews Note: While scrambling to dig out our iPhone 3G boxes, so we could fondle the SIM ejection pin, we found that our iPhone 3GS SIM ejection pins also seem to be composed of the same very strong metal.