No Home button? Liquidmetal body? What can we expect from next year’s Apple iPhone 7?

“The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are the hottest phones on the market right now, but that’s still not stopping Apple fans from looking forward to next year’s iPhone 7,” Kevin Bostic writes for Inquisitr. “Apple being Apple, it’s hard to know what the Cupertino tech giant has in store for 2016, but if the rumor mill is even half right, iPhone fans are looking at a major redesign, and an iPhone that could be truly revolutionary.”

“Apple fans buying an iPhone in 2016 can count on two things: the next iPhone will mark a significant design departure from the iPhone 6 style, and it will likely be called the iPhone 7,” Bostic writes. “One rumor that has been bandied about over the past few months concerns Apple possibly making the screens for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus even bigger, but without making the form factor any larger.”

“Current rumors have the next Apple flagship being even thinner than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus,” Bostic writes. “How thin? KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a better record than most other analysts for predicting Apple’s moves, says that Apple is aiming for super-thin. Around 6mm, which would be as thin as the iPod touch… one of the rumors going around involves the possibility of Apple using a really tough and versatile material called Liquidmetal.”

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MacDailyNews Take:

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

New Apple patents show continuing work on Liquidmetal – August 11, 2015
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


  1. What are the benefits of liquid metal? Why do people want Apple products made out of this material other than it sounds cool? And you watch the minute Apple gets rid of the physical home button The internet will light up with people complaining about it, that iOS devices are now too difficult for their senior citizen mother to use, that Steve Jobs would never have approved it blah blah blah.

    1. Based on previous articles, LM is…

      A harder and stronger material. Enables thinner devices while maintaining internal volume for batteries and electronics. Scratch resistant. Might improve iPhone impact resistance. LM enables high volume molding of iPhone chassis in near net shape rather than machining the chassis out of billet aluminum. I assume that there would be some final precision machining and polishing steps to complete the chassis.

  2. Chump change if they spent on the order of $300 million to $500 million, — and they have had three and a half years —

    Maybe they only spent 300M and just need to spend another 200M in the next year and a half?

    Nah, but will it be here any day now?

    go ahead apple unleash this amazing tech

    1. Sorry but Apple, and the world, are a cornucopia of innovation and the pundit corps have limited imagination. It might seem that one can make up more stuff than actually happens, but history proved that wrong over and over, and it’s even more wrong now in the Age of Brilliant Ideas Taking Wing.

      These brilliant ideas occur to very sharp and audacious people, who happen never to be the pundits, who think with their shoelaces, that’s their problem. That’s why they stumble with their prognostications. They can’t tie a proper knot.

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