MacBook Pro 2012 Liquidmetal integration tipped

Chris Burns - Apr 23, 2012, 1:51pm CDT
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?

For those of you that do not know what Liquidmetal is, I suggest you hit up our easy to read guide on Liquidmetal and Metallic Glass and how Apple is involved with it. Thus far the metal mixture made for its super-damage-resistance has been used on just one Apple product: the SIM removal tool you get with your iPhone. This tool should be considered somewhat of an experiment for Apple as the licensing of the technology known as Liquidmetal was certainly no small chunk of change.

Though this month we’ve been hearing tips situated almost exclusively in the iPhone world for Apple’s future use of Liquidmetal, today it’s gotten a bit bigger – the casing for the MacBook Pro. The only problem that exists here is the relative lack of testing this metal has had in the fields of wireless data and Bluetooth – and services of that nature. We’ve heard several sources speaking out against the iPhone with Liquidmetal casing for that very reason as well.

So keep it in the back of your minds, folks – an ultra-damage-resistant MacBook Pro 2012 model, but with some sort of plastic in the works so it’s able to work with wireless signals. Would Apple dare do such a thing? Look to the iPad for your answer!


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10 Responses to MacBook Pro 2012 Liquidmetal integration tipped

  1. This seems unlikely due to liquidmetal’s low thermal conductivity. In a unibody design the casing should provide some level of heat conduction to aid the fans. Think about how much the current MacBooks heat up, and then imagine all that heat being further confined to the internal circuitry. I wouldn’t trust a liquidmetal laptop to last as long as an aluminium unibody even wit the increased damage resistance, the chips would cook much earlier.

  2. I don’t get it. The problem with modern electronics is not the housing material (even Samsung’s supposedly “cheap” or “plasticky” casing works well) but the glass. 

    •  Different problems… they’re talking about the radio interference caused by metal bodies and how that will impact cellular, wifi, and other such signals.

      • Right, but what I’m saying is if Apple is concerned with solving (or contributing toward solving) the problem of durability, the place to start isn’t the housing but the glass. 

        •  Glass has it’s benefits and its drawbacks like every other material. For me personally, I prefer the scratch resistance offered by glass, but I do know a few people with shattered screens (both iPhone and Android). I do agree though, if they get the glass at least level with the case so there aren’t exposed edges it’d help reduce how often drops result in broken screens.

  3. Again, more fake news from slashgear. An anonymous Apple User? That could be ME! There is no credibility. it’s just causing hype for something that isn’t real.

    Very frustrating to search for “macbook pro 2012” and get a bunch of fake news…

  4. Do we know any more about the 2012 MBP’s yet!?
    Been waiting for centuries to buy a decent laptop.
    Be the 1st time ever really, cept for work related laptops.

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