Lately many reports have came out rumoring that Apple would use liquidmetal in the upcoming iPhone. It would be an awesome addition to the iPhone, creating a lighter and stronger device, but some have doubts that Apple would feature it in the sixth generation iPhone. Back in 2010 Apple first gained rights to Liquidmetal technologies, but has only used the technology in the iPhone 3G SIM removal tool. Yeah, its surprising Apple hasn’t taken advantage of the rights as of yet, but its more astonishing that a Liquidmetal investor doesn’t see them implanting liquidmetal this, or even next year.
Atakan Peker, a liquidmetal alloy investor, told Business Insider that Apple probably will not use liquidmetal in their devices for atleast two to four years from now. He noted that Apple until than may only be using liquidmetal in minor pieces and accessories, such as the SIM removal tool until a major move is made. Being he is only an investor of liquidmetal, he sure doesn’t know the inside scoop on Apples plans, but this is the first solid lead pushing down a liquidmetal iPhone.
I’ve heard rumors that future MacBooks from Apple could use Liquidmetal casing, what would that be like? Is it likely to happen?
Given the size of MacBook and scale of Apple products, I think it’s unlikely that Liquidmetal casing will be used in MacBooks in the near term. It’s more likely in the form of small component such as a hinge or bracket. A MacBook casing, such as a unibody, will take two to four more years to implement.
On the brightside, Peker does believe Apple will use liquidmetal when the right time comes, such as in a brand-new breakthrough product. Liquidmetals special durability will allow for companies to create a unique shaped, and strong device.