Korean website ETNews (via MacRumors) has added their own two cents to the next-generation iPhone rumor mill, reporting that Apple will launch an iPhone that uses “liquid metal” alloys at Apple’s annual developers conference, which is expected to take place from June 11th – 15th. According to MacRumors, Apple did “acquire the rights to Liquidmetal Technologies’ ‘amorphous metal alloys’ in August 2010,” but little news has surfaced about that acquisition since.
According to industry sources, the next flagship phones [that Apple and Samsung release] 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.
The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has been host to a number of different Apple product launches, including the iPhone 3G through iPhone 4, iOS 5, OS X Lion, and iCloud. Apple broke away from this traditional mid-summer launch with the iPhone 4S, which was unveiled last October at Apple’s “let’s talk iPhone” event, just ahead of the holiday shopping season.
We’re confident that Apple will not release a new iPhone until at least next Fall, as the company has always waited at least one year before refreshing the iPhone. We’re also skeptical about the validity of this rumor, especially when factoring in the source’s unreliable track record.