Thursday, 3 May 2012

Liquid Metal inventor says Apple will use it in a breakthrough product

Over the last few months there has been a lot of conjecture relating the usage of Liquid Metal in the next generation iPhone. As we all know the current generation iPhone has a glass exterior which makes it beautiful to look at, but highly fragile at the same time. Apple as we know will not compromise on the design and to ensure a stronger product, it might use Liquid Metal, a technology  the company exclusive licenses for gadgets.

Business Insider interviewed Dr Atakan Peker, the inventor of Liquid Metal, and he believes that Apple will only use this technology in a breakthrough product with a unique user interface. Furthermore he believes that it will take the company some time before it can use the technology in its MacBook laptops.

He says that Liquid Metal can combine the advantages of glass, plastic and stainless steel once it is mass produced and economies of scale are achieved. He noted, till date Apple has only used Liquid Metal to manufacture the sim-card ejector pin for the iPhone 3G, something he had also discovered on his own. Dr Peker estimates that Apple will likely spend in the order of $300 million to $500 million over three to five years to mature the technology before it can used in large scale.