iPhone 5 Not to Have Liquidmetal Body, but Innovation Plays On

Apple iPhone 5

So those who couldn’t afford to sport the ultra-luxurious, hand-made, souped-up Vertu mobile phones were finally relieved that something that, at least seems to give off the essence of affluence, was now going to hit the market. Unfortunately, the bubble has to be, but popped, since the iPhone 5 will not be sporting the sassy alloy known as liquidmetal, even though Apple licensed exclusive rights to its use 2 years ago.

What’s In A Metal, Can Be In a Smartphone

Let’s take a run-down of what the bling-bling really is. Liquidmetal constitutes a class of alloys with an atomic structure similar to that of glass, while incorporating some of the advantages of more traditional materials used in gadgets like smartphones; it is sturdy like metal, but easily cast into complicated shapes like plastic, while being as aesthetically pleasing as glass. Basically, the best of both worlds.

As exciting as it seems to be able to lay hands on something revolutionary, the only issue is that even though the prospects are definitely there, it might not happen anytime soon. From an operational strategy perspective, it does not seem feasible to re-arrange the supply chain such, that it serves as a bridge between the new material and the sheer production scale of Apple’s products, especially given market conditions and the phase through which the smartphone war is passing through. Albeit, something has been put to work, which was highlighted by the inventor of the alloy, Dr.Atakan Peker, when he brought to light the certainty that at least the SIM ejector-pins in the iPhone 3G are made of liquidmetal.film John Wick: Chapter 2

Innovation in Mobile Phones Charges On

It’s not just the type and technology of phones that is on the climb (the rise of the machines, anyone?), but also the hardware itself. Take for instance the Nokia E-Cu concept phone  developed by British designer Patrick Hyland. E stands for environment, and Cu for copper, and the phenomenon around this gadget is that features a copper exterior and a thermogenerator integrated interior that converts heat energy into electric energy, allowing you to charge your phone simply by letting your body heat through as it sits in your pocket!

The Nokia Eco Sensor Concept Nokia’s other green concept phone, the Eco Sensor, pairs a handset with a wearable sensor that could monitor a user’s environment, health and local weather. The sensor, worn on the wrist or around the neck, would be powered by the sun, while the handset’s green quotient would come from reclaimed materials.The future really is folding out, isn’t it?

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