Way back in August of 2010, we heard that Apple had purchased worldwide exclusive rights to use materials developed by a company called LiquidMetal. Now, PattentlyApple is reporting that the next version of the iPhone will move away from the glass design, and use LiquidMetal’s materials.
The article says the next iPhone will adopt these new materials, and will be debuted this June at the WWDC. This does not give us a release date, but typically, Apple has been releasing new devices not long after their announcement.
The mock up above was based on iPhone 5 rumours and actual cases that were strewn about the internet last year. The rumour that Apple is moving away from the glass design is not a new one, and the fact that we already know Apple has the rights to use this new LiquidMetal material, leads us to believe that the next iPhone may more resemble the iPad or iPod Touch.
The main benefits of LiquidMetal are that it is lighter, stronger, and it has a higher elasticity to density ratio. LiquidMetal is much more resistant to impact, like when you drop your iPhone. This video shows how much more resilient LiquidMetal can be, compared to stainless steel and titanium.