Apple’s next-gen iPhone main body to shift from Gorilla Glass to Liquidmetal, say industry sources

According to a report from etnews.com, citing “industry sources,” Apple will shift from glass to Liquidmetal® for the main body of their next-gen iPhone.

Kim In-soon reports, “iPhone5 is likely to take liquid metal, an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and so forth having an outer surface smooth like liquid. The new iPhone is expected to make its debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco in June.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: Patently Apple. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

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51 Comments

    1. I use Siri multiple times a day for texting, weather, looking up phone contacts, and directions. It’s a godsend…

      Haven’t people figured out that you can sell your year old iPhone for more than the cost of a new one because of the carrier subsidy? I’ve been selling my year old phones since the very start and “making” $50-$150 bucks per time on the transition to the new iPhone.

    1. Gregg, you got it. The author says “Apple will shift from glass to Liquidmetal® for the main body of their next-gen.”

      For the main body??? The core is currently machined Aluminum.. And that could possibly replaced by liquid metal, being molded to the specific shape. Then Gorilla glass on front and possibly back. It might be nice to see a “bumper” of metal around the glass to prevent shattering.

      Just an idea.

    1. Agree; this was laughable nonsense; the alloy called “liquid” for totally different reasons.

      Also, this allow will be used not instead of glass, but rather instead of steel to make much lighter frame. (Glass is radio transparent, while metal is obviously not.)

      However, even this is hard task to do since the alloy is quite pricy; lets see.

        1. According to Isaacson’s book, Jobs wanted iPhone 4 to have metal back since the antenna has outer design. However, this decision would screen too much signal anyway, so they had to use glass instead.

          In iPhone 4S they moved Wi-Fi antenna again inside of the phone’s body, so metal back became even less possible.

  1. Sounds like Apple wants to go back in the way similar to the original iPhone for iPhone 6 (or likely “the new iPhone”). This time, no plastic please, and thank you 🙂

    1. Yes, the iPhone 6, because on your planet 6 obviously follows after 3 and 4, skipping 5 for superstitious reasons.
      What is it with you people who have this obsession with Apple going iPhone/iPhone 3G/iPhone 3Gs/iPhone 4/iPhone 4S/iPhone 6?
      Explain to the rest of the class why they would go from 4S to 6 and ignore 5.
      I really want to see what cockeyed explanation you come up with.

      1. maybe cause the current iPhone 4S, is the 5th gen iPhone…

        Hey we never had an iPhone 2!!!!! That’s what apple should call it!

        “the new iPhone 2”
        Has a great ring to it.

        1. Or… to put it another way:

          1st – iPhone
          2nd – iPhone 3G
          3rd – iPhone 3Gs
          4th – iPhone 4
          5th – iPhone 4S
          6th – iPhone…???

          They never called it the iPhone 3rd, did they? Since none of the names match the ordinal position, there is no relevance, whatsoever.

    1. and the new scissor port… the phone will be so simple even a 2 year old could use it! 😀

      It will also allow for hand gestures control.. my making a flat palm, a fist, or a v with the index and middle fingers.

  2. I love Apple’s approach to development. They are constantly looking at new things. The excitement of the avant-garde but with a ‘hard work tested reality approach’ to bring really innovative products to market – mass market. Ferrari’s for the working class.

  3. “Kim In-soon reports, “iPhone5 is likely to take liquid metal, an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and so forth…”
    “…and so forth”??
    I think he means the ‘exclusive to Apple’ secret sauce that makes Liquidmetal so valuable…and expensive which is exactly what iPhones need for ‘cachet’ 🙂

    1. Yes, because we know THE most important feature of an iPhone is how it looks.

      We know no matter how the new iPhone looks and works, you’ll find plenty to gripe about. It’s called par for the course for you, dear Stockboy.

  4. I can’t wait. I’ve dropped my phone with the resultant cracked screen (3gs). I would love for the new phone to have liquid metal, so that when it is dropped, I won’t have to bend down for it. It will just bounce right back up into my hand. 🙂

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