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iPhone 5 Could Have A “Liquid Metal” Body

A new rumour circulating within the Asian media community has revealed that Apple and Samsung may be relying on highly innovative materials in order to get a competitive edge. While Samsung's Galaxy S3 will reportedly feature an unprecedented ceramic body, Apple could turn to a metallic alloy, reports Korea IT News.

The report reveals that Apple "is likely" to use an innovative material for the next generation iPhone. This is supposed to be an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and other metals, which will allow the device to have an incredibly smooth surface, similar to the liquids.

Despite its soft feel, the so-called "liquid metal" will be "thin, light and highly resistant to external impacts," says the Korean source. Apple actually bought (opens in new tab) the company that developed the material, Liquidmetal Technologies, two years ago.

Rival Samsung will also deliver a ceramic coating to its flagship smartphone with similar characteristics. The Galaxy S III will be unveiled in London at the beginning of next month.

Korea IT News has a prediction about the release of the next generation iPhone: "The new iPhone is expected to make its debut at the Worldwide Developers Conference (opens in new tab) (WWDC) in San Francisco in June."

However, analysts expect Apple to keep its autumn reveal for the new iPhone, as last year this strategy proved to be highly successful.

Source: ET News (opens in new tab)

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