Apple Licenses "Amorphous" Alloy

Apple has acquired an intellectual property license from Liquidmetal Technologies for the use of a new kind of metal for future iPhones, iPad and Mac products.

According to AppleInsider, Liquidmetal Technologies, said in a SEC filing that it had granted a fully-paid IP license to Apple for the worldwide commercialisation of its technology via consumer electronics products.

The company says on its website that its liquid metal alloy has an "amorphous" atomic structure which makes it superior to other commercially available alloys.

Apple explained: “The technology of Liquidmetal alloys provides for the optimisation of properties for specific applications by tailoring the combination of process, chemistry and atomic structure.”

Liquidmetal alloys come with high yield strength, increased hardness, a superior strength to weight ratio and high corrosion resistance, making it ideal for Apple products.