We have heard a lot now that the next iPhone and MacBook Pro will be made in liquid metal, however recently ,the man credited with creating and cultivating Liquidmetal, Dr. Atakan Peker, says the technology and economics behind a liquid metal iPhone will make sense for Apple in few years.
"This is a technology that has yet to be matured and perfected both in manufacturing process and application development," Dr. Peker admitted to Business Insider this week. "I should note that this is a completely new and different metal technology."
Dr. Peker maintains that hundreds of millions would have to be spent over a period of years to create the facilities and resources necessary to mass produce a liquid metal iPhone. And for that reason, it's likely not on Apple's radar at this time.
Still, Apple retains an exclusive lock and license on the liquidmetal technology. So it is, however, very likely that the iPhone maker will, one day, do more with its possession than just ponder its potential.
"Liquidmetal is super strong, scratch and corrosion resistant, resilient and can be precision cast into complex shapes," Dr. Peker confirms."Plastics are low cost to manufacture into complex shapes but not strong enough. Metals are strong but difficult to produce into complex shapes. And glass feels and looks beautiful but is highly fragile. Liquidmetal can combine these advantages and remedy some of these shortcomings."
In fact, Apple will spend up to half a billion dollar and three to five years to mature this new technology before it’s ready for large-scale manufacturing. And the Liquidmetal is really beautiful
"At first look, it looks like a typical metal, more like stainless steel. It’s silvery grey metallic color has a bit different tone and hue than stainless steel. Depending on the specific alloy formulation, its hue may vary slightly. Its surface can be prepared in various cosmetic finishes, such as bright shiny, satin or brush metallic. It feels like a solid strong metal like stainless steel and comes a bit warmer to hand when touching compared to other metals."
Anyway, we will see it on iPhone one day!
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