Will the iPhone 5S Be Made from This Super Strong Alloy?
Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) next-generation iPhone might be made from an incredibly strong alloy known as Liquidmetal. According to the Liquidmetal Technologies (LQMT.PK) website, this material “uniquely combines the strength of forging with intricate molding capabilities” with “twice the strength of titanium.”
In 2010, Apple signed a “Master Transaction Agreement” with Liquidmetal Technologies, which gave the Cupertino-based company access to all of Liquidmetal’s “intellectual property assets,” including its namesake “bulk metallic glasses” material. Until now, Apple has only utilized Liquidmetal to make the SIM eject tool for the iPhone, notes Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet.
However, this week ZDNet reports that Apple was granted a “bulk amorphous alloy sheet forming processes” patent, which outlines a method for manufacturing this material in large quantities. In other words, Apple could potentially make enough Liquidmetal to use it for a mass-produced device, like the iPhone.