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Another round of iPhone 5 rumors surfaced. If talkative Korean sources are to believe, the next iPhone will be cased in “liquidmetal” and that it will arrive in October at the earliest.

Earlier reports claim the upcoming iPhone will debut this summer, so why the delay you ask? Apparently Qualcomm, the manufacturer of some of the smartphone’s necessary chips, cannot churn out production fast enough.

Meanwhile, the “liquidmetal” casing can be described more accurately as a glassy metal. Standard glass is traditionally made of silicon dioxide, a type of metallic material; and metals grow crystalline structures within them as they cool. Researchers have long looked for ways to make metals without such crystalline structures; that is where the “glass” part comes in. This can be achieved by cooling the molten metal at millions of degrees per second, thus resulting to a piece of metal with no internal crystals.

The metallic glass casing can do wonders on the iPhone’s sturdiness, which has long been criticized for being easily-broken. This new case is less likely to break than plastic, almost easier to recycle, and will not chip nor crack. And no, this glassy material is opaque, so your dreams for a see-through iPhone are dashed.

To give you an idea what metallic glass is like, check out the special tool Apple handed out in removing the SIM card in iPhone 3. That is made of metallic glass, which Forbes speculate was for Apple to see how it fared in real-world usage.

Source: The Register, via Forbes

 
 

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[...] we should always take it with a grain of salt. I mean, whatever happened to that iPhone with “metallic glass” casing? Or the one with an edge-to-edge screen? Or the mini version of the [...]
[...] we should always take it with a grain of salt. I mean, whatever happened to that iPhone with “metallic glass” casing? Or the one with an edge-to-edge screen? Or the mini version of the [...]
[...] of some of the smartphone’s necessary chips, cannot churn out production fast enou… Read More » [...]

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