Some new leaked information regarding the upcoming iPhone has been revealed by South Korean website etnews.com. The website claims that Apple will ditch the glass casing used on the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S and instead opt for a new “liquid metal” design, which should allow the phone to be thinner, lighter and less susceptible to damage.
Apple has previously hinted at using liquid metal alloys in its products, and acquired a licence from Liquidmetal Technologies Inc in August 2010 to “commercialise its intellectual property”. Liquid metal alloys should provide the next iPhone with a luxury feel while at the same time reducing the problems experienced by the current, glass-constructed, generation of iPhones.
Liquid metal alloys have previously been used by luxury phone manufacturer Vertu to construct devices, and the company demonstrated the durability of this material by repeatedly driving over its Ascent phones with a Porsche, with minimal damage.
Etnews.com also hints at a June launch for the iPhone at this year’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). This was when Apple had launched earlier iPhones, up until the iPhone 4, but the iPhone 4S was released much later in the year in October.
This is not the first suggestion that Apple would return to its previous iPhone launch schedule as other Apple suppliers in Asia have recently suggested a June launch date as well.
Foxconn, the company responsible for assembling many Apple products, recently started hiring thousands of new employees to begin work on the iPhone 5, with a company representative also stating that it would be launched in June.