Rumor: Apple to Launch Next Generation iPhone Made of Liquidmetal at WWDC in June

Korean website – ETNews claims that the next generation iPhone will be made of “liquid metal” alloys, which will be thinner and lighter and more resistant to impact damage.

ETNews [via MacRumors] reports:

According to industry sources, the next flagship phones of [Apple and Samsung] are expected to adopt unprecedented materials for their main bodies, that is, ceramic for the Galaxy S3 and liquid metal for iPhone5, both being thin, light and highly resistant to external impacts. The new phase of the rivalry is because neither one of them can get a decisive edge over the other solely with its OS and AP specifications, features or design.

LiquidMetal is a series of exotic alloy components developed by researchers at CalTech and is often referred to as “bulk metallic glass“. This is due to its atomic structure that makes it glass-like while offering a super-strong yet extremely flexible material that is resistant to corrosion and is scratch-proof as well.

Back in 2010, Apple had acquired rights to Liquidmetal Technologies’ “amorphous metal alloys”  to bring their proprietary IP to Apple’s consumer electronics products. Since then there have been rumors that next generation iOS devices will be made of liquidmetal.

iPhone 5, iPhone 6, new iPhone

ETNews also claims that Apple will launch the next generation iPhone made of liquidmetal at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. It’s hard to believe that Apple will launch a new iPhone in just 9 months after the launch of iPhone 4S, so take this with a pinch of salt.

According to recent rumors, the next iPhone will be coming in fall 2012, which will feature the same 3.5-inch screen or very close to it, support 4G LTE networks and come with  a new micro dock connector.

It remains to be seen if Apple will call it the new iPhone (like the new iPad) or iPhone 6 (sixth generation iPhone) or iPhone 5 (still seems to be a favorite among many websites).

What do you think? When do you want Apple to launch the next iPhone?

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  • Billy

    What’s the deal with the micro dock connector?

    • mystic

      Something about freeing up space for vital components/upgrades. At least that’s what I know.

    • MissZeriaX

      Wow. If that’s you in that picture you’re really hot!

    • Jared

      Why not just use MicroUSB? Why come out with a new format?!?!? STUPID!

      • Joe Cavallaro

        More money is made by coming out with a new format, thats why. Same reason Sony makes their own proprietary memory cards which are the only memory cards compatible with their products. It’s all about the $$$.

  • Jason SW

    I really hope it comes out in June. I’m an Android user right now, but there have been a lot of little problems with it bugging me lately, and anyway,, I’d like to get a phone with an OS that has better accessibility. I’d rather not switch from T-Mobile, but if I have to, then so be it. I’m not going to use an iPhone with nothing but 2G.

    • Jay

      New iPhone To support all 3G frequency

  • Ryan Critchett

    Way interesting. I see that for the future, but probably not for the next iPhone launch. Maybe a couple generations ahead!

  • FredMC

    If they keep the same small screen after all this time I won’t be buying another iPhone. I love my iPhone, but the screen size is very-much showing its age.

    • Faaip de Jerm


  • Chris

    I might the only one worry here? First a phone that you can chat with, now liquid metal…. Skynet lives!!! Next for apple… iTerminator. 

    • jensel

      dude, start small. iRobot comes first :)

    • City023

      Haha! Yessss. Skynet is smart enough to attach itsself to iPhone knowing that iPhone is king of cell phones.

    • Joe Cavallaro

      I can see it now…the epic battle of Skynet and Siri…or…oh no…WHAT IF THEY JOIN FORCES!!!! Skynet and!!!…it’s assistant…Siri?


  • Gustavo

    The same gossip & rumors of last year …try something new this time.

  • Kiwiholden

    It’ll be called “iPhone” (sixth generation)

    • Dfc

      You mean “The iPhone” (6th gen). 😉

    • Dfc

      You mean “The iPhone” (6th gen)? 😉

    • Dfc

      You mean “The iPhone” (6th gen)?

    • Joe Cavallaro

      Dude, click “Reply” once. One time. That’s all you need.

  • http://no Hing kong

    iphone 5 already one

  • Christian

    No longer iPhone X. iMetal.

  • Elvis

    iPhone 99,698

  • Stu

    i bet it will still shatter when you drop it

  • JAG

    I would be more impressed if these monkeytard phones could connect to 4G LTE carriers. But they can’t. 3G FTL.