As refreshed iPhone is expected in October, as Apple is said to use a material called liquidmetal to differentiate itself from the
competition, according to reports. iPhone 5 rumors aside, what is liquidmetal and why build a phone out of something that sounds so strange?
The material known as liquidmetal is not actually liquid. It was discovered back in 1992 at the California Institute of Technology and it’s made of a mix of titanium, nickel, copper, and zirconium, among other metals. The resulting material is very tough, light, and it’s said to feel as smooth as liquid or glass when touched; hence the name.
Liquidmetal has been used in various consumer electronics and gadgets by now due to its special properties: it’s very durable, it has the lightness of plastic, it’s scratch resistant and smooth to the touch. SanDisk used it for one of its Cruzer USB flash drives and Sansa MP3-players, as well as in certain Vertu phones under Nokia’s umbrella.
The material has also been used in jewelry, medical devices, sporting items such as golf clubs, and even in phones for hinges, antennas, and cases, since 2003 when the California Institute of Technology team organized a firm to market it under Liquidmetal Technologies.
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