The words "liquid metal" might conjure up images of the T-1000 from Terminator 2. We're not aware of any shape-shifting robots in the works. But the rumor mill is 【1】 with the possibility that Apple will include a special alloy made by the company Liquidmetal Technologies in the next-generation iPhone.
This liquid metal won't hunt down leaders of the future human resistance, but it is expected to make the new iPhone's body stronger than steel and more flexible than aluminum. That's because it's a zirconium- and titanium-based alloy with an 【2】 atomic structure. These randomly arranged atoms pack together more tightly than a conventional crystalline structure to give Liquidmetal's alloy its【3】 properties.
As with much advance reporting of new Apple products, this could all be nothing more than speculation. However, Apple did buy an 【4】 license to commercialize Liquidmetal's technology in August of 2010. And Apple has already used Liquidmetal's alloy to make a key-like tool used to 【5】 iPhone 3G SIM cards.
Of course, it’s always possible that Apple bought the exclusive license just to keep other companies from having it. Companies like, say, Cyberdyne Systems.