| | 05-02-2012, 05:17 PM Thread Author #6
LiquidMetal In An Apple Product? Don't Hold Your Breath
Credit: Liquidmetal Technologies)
One of the researchers behind Liquidmetal, a super-special "metallic glass" long expected to play a starring role in some upcoming iPhone, says Apple will likely wait to use it in a "
breakthrough product made only possible by Liquidmetal technology."
OK, check your pulse. Heart rate steady? Sure you're still breathing? Excellent. Let's continue.
The fellow bringing us this breaking news, Atakan Peker, is a co-inventor of the Liquidmetal alloy. He spoke to Steve Kovach of Business Insider, who wrote that he buttonholed Peker to get answers to his Liquidmetal questions "straight from the source."
From the look of things, Peker appears to be an accomplished researcher. But in no way, shape, or form is he someone you might consider "the source" where commercial questions regarding Liquidmetal are concerned. Consider:
Peker does not currently work at Liquidmetal.
Peker, in fact, hasn't worked at Liquidmetal since 2007. He's been an academic at Washington State University for the past five years.
Peker didn't learn that Apple had used Liquidmetal in an iPhone (for the SIM card ejector pin) until he bought his iPhone 3G.
The iPhone 3G was released in 2008, the year after Peker left Liquidmetal.
Peker told Kovach the iPhone 3G story in their interview.
It's unquestionably nice to know that Peker thinks highly of his invention and that he believes there's a good reason Apple licensed it exclusively in 2010 but has never used it (outside that high-tech ejector pin, that is). And some of his conjectures on how Apple might use Liquidmetal are certainly interesting, even if disappointingly small-bore.
For instance, Peker suggests that Liquidmetal will mostly likely turn up in a MacBook first as a hinge or a bracket -- not the sleek, high-tech casing that gadget lovers supposedly covet. Such a casing, he said, would likely take "two to four years more to implement." How he knows this is unclear, although he told Kovach that he worked on "commercial manufacturing, scale-up process, and application development" of Liquidmetal. (Again, at least five years ago.)
Looks like Apple needs to come up with another solution.
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