In April Patently Apple broke the news that Apple had filed a new Liquidmetal patent in Europe that clearly pointed to specific Apple designs under consideration for the new material. Apple pointed to the iPhone and iPad specifically and added that other distinct devices such as a TV monitor were being considered. Today the news has broken that Apple and HTC may in fact be in a race to deliver the first smartphone using Liquidmetal later this year.
Today, DigiTimes is reporting on a wild rumor that claims that HTC is reportedly considering adopting Liquidmetal for its new smartphones in the second half of the year and is set to cooperate with Taiwan-based chassis maker Jabon International for related supply. However, both HTC and Jabon have declined to comment about the rumors.
Since Apple has recently signed another 2-year contract with US-based Liquidmetal Intellectual and started hiring talent with chassis manufacturing expertise, the sources speculate that Apple may adopt Liquidmetal for its new products and HTC is trying to release similar products ahead of Apple.
Apple's CEO Tim Cook mentioned during a financial conference call last month that new products would be coming to market later this year and throughout 2014. At the moment, banking on one source on something this dramatic is a start, but far from being a sure thing. And if it's taken Apple this long to start revving up their efforts on an iPhone design with Liquidmetal, how on earth is HTC going to start from scratch and get one out the door for Q4?
At the end of the day, what are your thoughts on Apple possibly switching their iPhone design from Glass to Liquidmetal in the next 18-24 months?