But if even it isn't in iPhone 5, "it's likely that a future iPhone will feature Tactus Technology's dynamic touchscreens," Smith declares. "Feeling buttons or controls on a smartphone would be extremely useful for completing tasks that typically require a keyboard. ... It's an incredible and exciting technology. ... But if this really is a hot technology, there's a great chance Apple will rush to get its recently-granted patent into its next iPhone, which is expected to arrive in September or October."
The conclusion: this incredibly exciting and hot technology may or may not be in this year's iPhone 5.
iPhone 5 will have a Liquidmetal body after all
The test of a good rumor is that it simply. Will. Not. Die.
Liquidmetal is the name of a company that developed a new strong, light alloy, and it's marketing to anyone who uses weaker, heavier alloy in stuff like ... well, smartphones. Apple paid $20 million in 2010 for an exclusive license to use the alloy in consumer electronics. And the iOSphere waxed rhapsodic with hopes that the entire casing for the then-next iPhone would be made from the Wondrousmetal.
So far, Apple has only used it for the iPhone's SIM ejector tool. And one of the inventors of the alloy, Atakan Peker (wrongly identified by 9to5Mac as one of its investors), recently told Business Insider that this substitutionary approach is the most likely use for the alloy; it would be two to four years before Apple is likely to introduce something like a Liquidmetal unibody casing for a MacBook, for example, or some entirely new "breakthrough" product.
And then Liquidmetal CEO Tom Steipp appeared in an 86-second "talking head" video. It was posted on YouTube by a financial news outlet, and the video details indicate it was made for the Southern California Investment Forum. Even 9to5Mac recognized that this "looks to be a video aimed towards potential investors." But that didn't stop them, or others such as iPhone 5 News Blog's Michael Nace, from discerning Matters of Great Import in what is essentially a sales pitch.