“Over the past few months, we’ve heard various rumors that this year’s iPhone will look ‘similar’ to the iPhone 6s with a few changes including the removal of the headphone jack, some antenna lines, and the introduction of a dual-lens system,” Abdel Ibrahim writes for AppAdvice. “We’ve also heard that next year’s iPhone is supposed to be something more significant.”

“While it’s easy to look at this as pure speculation and dismiss it entirely, I think these rumors are true. Why? Because 2017 just so happens to be the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone,” Ibrahim writes. “I also believe that the 2017 iPhone will use Liquid Metal as its primary material.”

“In the reports we’ve often seen, we keep hearing the use of the word ‘glass.’ In March, reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple would move away from a metal case and would a adopt a ‘curved glass casing’ along with an AMOLED display,” Ibrahim writes. “Fast forward to April and now Kuo reports that Apple will move to an ‘all-glass enclosure.’ The problem is that he thinks the glass is Gorilla Glass. I believe he’s wrong. I think what he’s describing is Liquid Metal.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The timeframe would be right.

I estimate that 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. — Dr. Atakan Peker, one of the Caltech researchers who invented Liquidmetal, May 2012

SEE ALSO:
Professor behind Liquidmorphium Turing Phone invests in Liquidmetal, named to Board, enters into cross-licensing agreement – March 14, 2016
The Turing Phone is not made out of Liquidmetal – July 15, 2015
Why does Apple keep extending their partnership with Liquidmetal? – June 25, 2015
Apple extends Liquidmetal exclusivity deal through February 2016 – June 23, 2015
Two new Liquidmetal patent filings from Apple revealed; list watch and jewelry among potential uses – April 23, 2015
Liquidmetal’s Apple alliance yet to bear fruit – September 30, 2014
Apple’s new Liquidmetal-related patent sparks speculation – July 7, 2014
Apple patents method for embedding sapphire displays in LiquidMetal device chassis – May 27, 2014
Liquidmetal-Visser agreement paves the way for more rapid adoption of amorphous metal manufacturing – May 21, 2014
Apple extends Liquidmetal exclusivity deal through February 2015 – May 21, 2014

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “George” for the heads up.]