Apple’s next generation iPhone, the iPhone 5S, has been rumored to have a liquidmetal casing. The material is much more lighter and tougher than aluminium, which Apple currently uses for its smartphone.
In the past, we’ve seen that the “S” branded iPhones have had slight changes as opposed to their predecessors. Almost every time changes were only made to the internal hardware. The iPhone 5S is said to be the biggest “S” update ever, as it is expected to have a liquidmetal casing. Back in 2010 Apple signed an agreement with Liquidmetal Technologies for exclusive use of its technologies in their consumer electronics products. The iPhone 5S casing is reportedly going to be the result of that agreement.
The various purported iPhone 5S SIM trays that have been leaked seem to hint at this possibility. They are not cut out from aluminum like the ones on previous iPhones, the look like they have been injection molded. This is major indicator that Apple might finally start using the liquidmetal technology. If the next generation iPhone touts it, then there’s no doubt in the fact that other products such as iPad mini 2 and the next generation iPad will feature it as well.
According to latest rumors, iPhone 5S mass production starts off by the end of this month. The smartphone will reportedly have a fingerprint sensor as well as NFC. There have also been reports of a 4.3 inch display. Apple is expected to launch iPhone 5S this September.