A lot of the iPhone 5 rumour mills have tipped the new Apple smartphone to be made from the revolutionary new material know as Liquidmetal. However, dreams of the new metallic substance being used in the near future in smartphones were quashed by the material's inventor himself, who says Liquidmetal is not ready to be used in smartphones yet. See also iPhone 5 release date, specs and rumour round up.
Co-inventor of Liquidmetal, Atakan Peker, said this recently "This is a completely new and different metal technology. Therefore, there is no suitable manufacturing infrastructure yet to take full advantage of this alloy technology... For example, 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." Visit Big Bad Apple Wants iPhone 5 Domain from Fans.
What is Liquidmetal?
Liquidmetal is a bit of a tricky one to get your head around if you try to picture a substance based on what its name sounds like, you end up a long way away from what the 'revolutionary' new material actually is. Liquidmetal is a trade name for new hybrid metal. It's atomic structure is made in such a way that makes Liquidmetal very strong and durable with being scratch-proof and protected from corrosion.
Here's how co-inventor Peter explains it in his own words "Liquidmetal is super strong, scratch and corrosion resistant, resilient and can be precision cast into complex shapes. The benefits will be in the form of strong and aesthetic structural components, such as casing and frames. At first look, it looks like a typical metal, more like stainless steel,"
"Its silvery grey metallic colour has a bit different tone and hue than stainless steel. Depending on the specific alloy formulation, its hue may vary slightly. Its surface can be prepared in various cosmetic finishes, such as bright shiny, satin or brush metallic. It feels like a solid strong metal like stainless steel and comes a bit warmer to hand when touching compared to other metals."