It was just two weeks ago that we reported on the probability of the iPhone 5 getting Liquidmetal. At the time, it looked like the new iPhone would almost certainly be getting it, based on what sources were saying. Now it’s looking like Liquidmetal may not come to the new iPhone, after all according to a source. And given the source’s knowledge of the situation, it would appear that they know what they’re talking about.
The source, Liquidmetal’s initial developer Dr. Atakan Peker, feels that Apple will not be able to incorporate the sleek and durable Liquidmetal technology into their new iPhone devices anytime soon. In fact, he was quoted as saying in an interview with Business Insider that there is “no suitable manufacturing infrastructure yet to take full advantage of the alloy technology” in the new iPhone.
Further, according to Peker, feels that the technology would cost Apple a lot of money. He placed the amount at somewhere between $300 to $500 million. While Apple does have a lot of money after their record profits last year, it’s doubtful that they would want to spend that much money on a single piece of technology for the new iPhone. Not only that, but according to Peker, it’s going to take at least 3-5 years before Apple will even have things developed to the point where they can implement this on a large scale (such as in a popular product like the iPhone 5).
For those looking for a refresher course on what Liquidmetal is, see our article here. An even quicker definition of the technology comes courtesy of Peker himself, who says Liquidmetal “is super strong, scratch and corrosion resistant, resilient and can be precision cast into complex shapes.” Sounds like something that would work great in the new iPhone, right?
Now, despite Peker’s grim words, we still think Liquidmetal may come to the new iPhone after all. One thing to consider is that Peker isn’t directly involved with the company anymore and likely doesn’t have a ton of knowledge of how they’re working right now. Another is that Apple and Liquidmetal do have a partnership already, so the two have likely been finding ways to cut costs for implementation in the new iPhone.
So, readers, what do you think? Do you think Liquidmetal will debut on the new iPhone or is Peker right?