The new iPhone 5: rumours, tech specs, Liquidmetal, 3D cameras, 4in display and more

We take a look at all the iPhone 5 rumours and try to see if there's a kernal of truth in the field of chaff

By Mark Hattersley, Macworld U.K. |  Consumerization of IT, 4G, Apple

The very name conjures up a new slick, amorphous technology - perhaps made of water, or waterproof (which the iPhone 5 may be, but it's nothing to do with this). Liquidmetal is the commercial name for a new type of alloy that is strong, resistent to corrosion, and has a "high coefficient of restituion" (a posh way of saying it's 'bouncy' - we're not making this up, an experiment with ball bearings found they bounced three times as high on a Liquidmetal plate). Don't expect the iPhone 5 to bounce, but it may be stronger and less-prone to breaking. Dr. Atakan Peker, Liquidmetal's inventor explained: "Liquidmetal is super strong, scratch and corrosion resistant, resilient and can be precision cast into complex shapes. Apple's exclusively licensing a new material technology (specifically for casing and enclosures) is a first in the industry. I expect Apple to use this technology in a breakthrough product." (Business Insider). The alloy has been used in a limited way (some SIM-ejector tools are made from it) but we think eventually Apple will put it to a more comprehensive use.

A mock-up of how a Liquidmetal case could look. Credit: Nak Design

A new look for the iPhone 5


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