Korean website etnews has reported that the next iPhone iteration could have a “liquid metal” casing, a design feature that several manufacturers are also said to be considering.
The casing, which is made from a mixture of metals such as zirconium, titanium, nickel and copper, will have a smooth, sleek feel to it and is said to be as light as plastic, enabling designers to produce less-weighty handsets. Should Apple incorporate the new technology, it will mark a significant change to the glass-covered iPhone4 and 4S, both of which have been found to be susceptible to damage.
Apple has remained tight-lipped with regards to a launch date for the much vaunted device, so it could be some time before this speculation is confirmed or dismissed. However, with Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference scheduled for June and the event being tipped as a possible showcase venue for the iPhone 5, the wait might not be as long as anticipated.