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Liquidmetal iPhone, iPad or iWatch teased as patent tips production breakthrough

Liquidmetal iPhone, iPad or iWatch teased as patent tips production breakthrough

Apple could finally use Liquidmetal for new iPhone and iPad casings, a new patent describing a fresh way of processing the high-tech "metallic glass" implies, both scratch-free and allowing for more intricate molding and designs. The company, which invested in Liquidmetal back in 2010, and renewed its exclusive rights in mid-2012, has so far only used the material for its SIM-ejector tool, because of issues in successfully producing larger sheets. However, according to the new patent, that problem could have been addressed.

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Apple grabs Liquidmetal exclusivity for another two years

Apple grabs Liquidmetal exclusivity for another two years

Apple has secured a further two year exclusivity deal for the Liquidmetal materials technology tipped to make an appearance in the 2012 iPhone refresh, government filings have confirmed. According to Liquidmetal Technologies' SEC filing, Apple's original agreement with the company back in August 2010 - and which expired in early February - has been extended until early February 2014, giving Apple alone access to any of the company's developments.

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Apple set for Liquidmetal ‘casing and enclosures’

Apple set for Liquidmetal ‘casing and enclosures’

This week the inventor of the metallic alloys known collectively as Liquidmetal has been interviewed and spoke on how Apple will use the technology in the future. What he's revealed - or what he's confirmed, since it's all certainly been suggested in the past, is that Apple will use Liquidmetal alloys on future "breakthrough" products with casings and enclosures made with the technology. He's also confirmed that Apple is the only company on earth the have exclusive rights to Liquidmetal as a material technology for technology casing enclosures - with perhaps an iPhone 5 or a MacBook Pro 2012 model on the way.

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MacBook Pro 2012 Liquidmetal integration tipped

MacBook Pro 2012 Liquidmetal integration tipped

In a not completely unfounded turn of events here this fine spring morning, we've been tipped by an anonymous Apple fan that they've seen Liquidmetal technology being used in a device much larger than an iPhone. Though such a vague tip and anonymous to boot wouldn't normally be something we'd cover, the possibility that this could be the next big MacBook Pro feature is just too perfect not to consider. With the MacBook Pro 2012 models coming sooner than later and Intel's Ivy Bridge generation of processors revealed today, could we have the whole picture here right in front of us?

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SlashGear 101: Liquidmetal and Metallic Glass

SlashGear 101: Liquidmetal and Metallic Glass

This week there's quite a bit of talk surrounding Apple's newest iPhone model, likely to be called the iPhone 5, and its relation to a technology called Liquidmetal. Apple originally gained the rights to use Liquidmetal technology back in 2010, and it's basically what consists of a mixture of nickel, zirconium, titanium, and a few other metals in an alloy which makes for a damage-resistant material like no other. The term Metallic Glass has, like Liquidmetal, been associated with the next-generation iPhone as well - this term is essentially a broader term which includes mixtures that cool from a liquid to a solid without crystalizing in a "nearly random" arrangement - Liquidmetal is just one kind of Metallic Glass.

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Next iPhone tipped to use Liquidmetal (again)

Next iPhone tipped to use Liquidmetal (again)

Another day, another iPhone rumor. This time it’s actually an old one brought back from the dead: ETNews reports that the iPhone 5 will shift away from the 4 and 4S' glass construction and instead be made from Liquidmetal. If you remember, Apple bought the IP rights to the Liquidmetal technology back in August 2010, and it has since been used in the SIM card ejector tool.

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Apple’s Liquidmetal tech potential vast tips insider

Apple’s Liquidmetal tech potential vast tips insider

Apple's collaborations with Liquidmetal to date has only produced one (public) component, the iPhone SIM removal tool, but don't assume the Cupertino's investment in the injection molding IP will be limited to paperclip alternatives.  Cult of Mac has been talking to Drew Merkel, a $1m investor in Liquidmetal, about what the technology is capable of, and to be frank it sounds tailor made for the sort of hardware Apple has been putting out over the past couple of years.  According to Merkel, the custom Liquidmetal prototype "is the most advanced injection-molding machine ever made," capable of casting complex, fingerprint resistant components in a single shot.

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Apple Utilizing Liquidmetal Alloy in iPhone SIM Ejector Tool

Apple Utilizing Liquidmetal Alloy in iPhone SIM Ejector Tool

It's only been a few days since Apple officially announced that they acquired Liquidmetal's IP, and immediately following the announcement rumors started swirling around like mad. What would the Cupertino-based company do with this new found acquisition? What mind-boggling things would they come up with next? Well, it turns out that Apple's actually been using the alloy for a little while now, and in the most unlikely of places.

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If Apple can ditch Intel, it will

If Apple can ditch Intel, it will

The Apple rumor-mill is cyclical, and one tale refuses to die: Apple ousting Intel from its MacBooks, and replacing x86 chips with ARM-based alternatives. The story surfaces periodically, just as it has done today, with titters of increasing "confidence" within Apple's engineering teams that Intel will be eventually ditched in favor of the company's own A-series SoCs as currently found within the iPad and iPhone. Not today, so the whispers go, but eventually, and what's most interesting is that we're likely already seeing the signs of the transition in Apple's newest models.

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