Apple Patent Hints at Sapphire iPhone with LiquidMetal Chassis

Apple Patent Hints at Sapphire iPhone with LiquidMetal Chassis

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The US Patent and Trademark office has granted Apple a patent that hints at future iPhones using Liquidmetal in conjunction with a sapphire display to form a single chassis for the device. So far, the only use of LiquidMetal has been the SIM card ejector tool that shipped with earlier iPhones such as the 3G and 3GS.

Patent number 8,738,104 is actually six years old but was just granted on May 27, 2014.

Methods and apparatus for creating an overall assembly formed from a transparent member and a metal member are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a method includes positioning a transparent member in a mold configured for insertion molding, and providing a liquid metal into the mold. The method also includes hardening the liquid metal in the mold. Hardening the liquid metal includes binding the metal to the transparent member to create the integral assembly.

Currently, an iPhone's display attaches to a shock-absorbing rubberized gasket to help reduce the impact in an event of a drop. While this works sometimes, LiquidMetal is much more tougher and harder-wearing. Apple's patent however describes a different process that would form glass (sapphire) into a metal member such as the iPhone's frame.

We don't see Apple using this process on the next generation iPhone, although it will likely include a Sapphire display. However, perhaps by 2015, we could see a tougher iPhone with a LiquidMetal chassis.

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Apple Patent Hints at Sapphire iPhone with LiquidMetal Chassis
Fukran john - May 27, 2014 at 9:31pm
lol. This is what apple does exactly. Stole the idea 6 years back and applying for the patent now. Very clever ;)
Fuksrawn John - May 27, 2014 at 10:34pm
This is exactly what trolls are like, comparing old school to a new version. Very smart of you xD.
Great! - May 28, 2014 at 12:21am
Sorry you can't read very well. Patent was applied 6 years ago and only recently been awarded. Care to take back that comment?
Fukjohn Rah - May 27, 2014 at 8:02pm
Another idea for samshit to copy after release of 6.
Yourmom - May 27, 2014 at 7:57pm
So I'm guessing the new samsung gaylaxy S6 have this. You know since they steal every idea from apple
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