Let’s just ignore all the obvious “Terminator 2” references, K?
According to Bloomberg, the iPhone 5 will feature a new body design and work on 4G/LTE networks, citing according to Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray.
Munster had originally predicted an August release date for the iPhone 5. The push comes after chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. announced supply problems — it is not meeting demand for the types of chips that would enable the iPhone to run on faster networks.
The phone’s new body design will feature a technology called LiquidMetal. Two years ago, Apple paid Liquidmetal Technologies, of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., $30 million for the rights to use the tech.
Liquidmetal features an amorphous atomic structure, delivering “no discernable patterns exist in the atomic structure of the unique Liquidmetal alloys,” according to the company’s website. The company claims the process results in stronger, harder metal with superior strength-to-weigh ratio, high elastic limits, corrosion and wear resistance, better acoustical properties, and low metal shrinkage rate. It’s a futuristic supermaterial.
Mashable rumored that Apple would use Liquidmetal in a new iPhone early last year.
Apple finally delved into 4G speeds with its New iPad, but the iPhone is, by far, Apple’s best selling product, accounting for 53 percent of its sales in Q4 2011.