“We’ve been hearing a lot about Liquidmetal lately, mostly because of rumors that Apple could be using the alloy in its next iPhone,” Steve Kovach reports for The Business Insider. “Atakan Peker is one of the inventors of the Liquidmetal alloy and we had a chance to to talk to him about its future in mobile gadgets.”

• Liquidmetal looks great, yet is incredibly strong and durable.

• Apple has exclusive rights to use Liquidmetal in consumer electronic devices.

• It could be a few more years before Apple can make a Liquidmetal MacBook. It’s more likely in the form of small component such as a hinge or bracket currently.

• Apple will likely spend on the order of $300 million to $500 million — and three to five years — to mature the technology before it can used in large scale.

• I expect Apple to use this technology in a breakthrough product. Such product will likely bring an innovative user interface and industrial design together, and will also be very difficult to copy or duplicate with other material technologies.

Much more in the full interview here.

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