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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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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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