When the iPhone 4S was announced, there was a fallout among those who like their Apple products to look different to the previous generation. After all, how are you meant to let fellow commuters know that you have the latest iPhone if it looks the same as the old one? Apple must be listening to the griping, because rumour has it the iPhone 5 is going to look very different indeed.
A very quick bit of history: in 2010 Apple was granted the rights to employ Liquidmetal, an amorphous metal alloy that was discovered in 1992. Now word has escaped from Korea that the new iPhone will be made of the stuff, and that that’ll gift it a brand new, bold look.
Liquidmetal, as well as being “smooth like liquid” is incredibly lightwight, yet strong and durable. It has the appearance of metallic glass, but is far hardier than the glass casing found on the current iPhone 4S. In short: if this rumour proves to be true, it’s going to look pretty.
And more importantly, it’s going to look different. The grumbling surrounding the iPhone 4S launch was laughable, but it did make one thing abundantly clear: an iPhone is as much, if not more, about its looks as it is the tech inside.