“Apple has been granted its first patent related to Liquidmetal, a space-age metal alloy,” Leander Kahney reports for Cult of Mac. “But the patent isn’t for a new iPad enclosure or iPhone antenna, as experts have predicted. Instead Apple’s Liquidmetal patent is for an internal component of a fuel cell.”

“Apple’s new patent describes ‘amorphous alloy’ collector plates for fuel cells, an electrochemical battery that uses hydrogen to generate electricity,” Kahney reports. “Although the patent doesn’t reference the Liquidmetal trademark, the material is an amorphous alloy or ‘metallic glass.'”

Kahney reports, “Of course, the ever-secretive company hasn’t hinted at its plans for the material. The possibilites are endless. Liquidmetal is a super lightweight, high-strength, scratch-proof metal that NASA says is ‘poised to redefine materials science as we know it in the 21st century.'”

There’s much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Could it be that Apple’s innovation engine is just beginning to rev up? Such a suggestion should cause Apple’s so-called competitors to immediately stroke out.