Apple Using LiquidMetal for its future iDevices?

Posted on 13 August 2010 by author

There were some reports that revealed significant information pertaining to Apple’s recent purchase of a worldwide exclusive right to use materials developed by LiquidMetal. LiquidMetal have been recognized to be a company that offers super-strong alloys as well as incredibly light and flexible metals which were believed to have been literally developed by NASA in outer space.

These liquidmetal alloys belong to the glassy metals and was already used in golf clubs as well as tennis rackets. It was also used in some CE products like a USB product from SanDisk and even in a high-end cellphone from Vertu.

Some of the well known properties of these materials were as follows:

  • Allows thinner walls in casings and also comes with greater strength
  • Stain and rust proof
  • Scratch resistant
  • High thermal and electrical conductivity
  • Allows for large surfaces thus maintaining thin skins without deformation
  • Non-corrosive
  • Two to three times more resistant as compared with conventional metals
  • 1.5 times the hardness of stainless steel with less weight
  • 2.5 times the strength of commonly used titanium with less weight

These metals have pretty good properties and can be well formed according to manufacturing preferences. Future iPhones, iPads and iPod could easily utilize this type of material without having any ill effects. It can easily be molded into unusual and even intricate shape which is a great feature that will surely attract more manufacturers.

Apple has been known for always having something different to offer with its products as compared with its competitor. They pay great attention to design and built quality of their products so purchasing an exclusive right to use material from LiquidMetal proves to be a good move after all.

Apparently, Apple entered into this purchase transaction for unknown reasons but some speculated that will be use in the casings of the future iPads, iPhones and iPod devices. With its high strength alloys we can expect a super light and super thin iPhone and iPad cases. They will also be scratch proof and corrosion-resistant as well.

With this move, Apple seems to be making a relative large investment to ensure that their products will always be of the best quality and superficially different as compared with the others in the market. They always want to come with something new and exciting that will definitely captivate the attention of many.

Well, it appears that they really know what they’ve got and they might come with something really big in the future.


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