“Imagine iPhone 5 looking as though it is made of a liquid metal, and feels like a liquid to the touch,” Nigam Arora writes for Forbes. “Imagine a case more than twice as strong as titanium. Imagine no scratches or smudges.”

“If Apple (AAPL) pulls off such an innovation in iPhone 5, it will be a coup, giving Apple another edge over its competitors. A recent SEC filing provides fresh evidence that Apple seems to be very interested in dealing with a company that makes such ‘liquid metal,'” Arora writes. “A small company named Liquidmetal Technologies (LQMT)… has developed a series of amorphous metal alloys that are sold under the commercial name Liquidmetal.”

Arora writes, “Liquidmetal alloys are made of a mix of titanium, nickel, copper and zirconium, among other metals. These materials feel as smooth as liquid or glass when touched; hence the name Liquidmetal. These materials offer high tensile strength, excellent resistance to corrosion, and strong resistance to scratches. These materials can be easily cast and molded using heat similar to thermoplastics. Apple has an exclusive agreement to use Liquidmetal technology in consumer electronics.”

“The new evidence that Apple is serious about Liquidmetal is found in the 8-K filed by Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc with SEC on June 18, 2012… ‘On June 15, 2012, Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) and Apple Inc. (“Apple”) entered into an amendment (the “Amendment”) to the Master Transaction Agreement that they previously entered into on August 5, 2010 (the “MTA”)… Under the Amendment, the parties agreed to amend the MTA to extend the February 5, 2012 date to February 5, 2014… The foregoing does not purport to be a complete description of the Amendment and is qualified by reference to the full text of such agreement, which will be filed with the Company’s next Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q,'” Arora writes. “Even though the impact on Liquidmetal is not quite clear, it is clear that if Apple uses Liquidmetal on iPhone, it will be big.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Arline M." for the heads up.]

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