iPhone 5 & Galaxy S3
Aaccording to reports, is making the iPhone 5 out of liquid metal. Liquidmetal and Vitreloy are commercial names of a series of amorphous metal alloys developed by a California Institute of Technology research team, now marketed by a firm that the team organized called Liquidmetal Technologies. Despite the name they are not liquid, but solid at room temperature, and the maker claims they are hard wearing and withstand thermal cycling This will make the device ultra-strong, especially when compared to the all-glass construction of the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S.
The news comes via Patently Apple, Which has reported that Apple and Samsung will ‘shift the focus of their competition to new materials’ in 2012. Apparently it will be materials and not spec or design where Apple and Samsung try and out-do each other in the future.
The source of the news is Korea’s Electric Times, which claims that both the iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S IIIwill be constructed from liquid metal. It also says they’ll be ultra-thin and extremely lightweight.
The report also claims that the Samsung Galaxy S III will also go by the name of ‘Milky Way,’ making it the Samsung Galaxy Milky Way. Apple does have patents pertaining to liquid metal and its use in the construction of mobile phone chassis as well, so this isn’t just another one of those ‘out there’ rumours. Whether or not this will be the case remains to be seen, although KYM does not see it happening – at least this time around.
Courtesy: Richard Goodwin