iPhone 5 Report Roundup: LiquidMetal, In-Cell Touch, And Release Date

According to Gene Munster, an analyst for Piper Jaffray, the new iPhone will be out in October with a LiquidMetal body and make use of the 4G LTE networks.

Apple bought the rights to using LiquidMetal technologies in 2010 for $30 million.

It’s clear from the set of graphs that the company put out on their website that LiquidMetal is much stronger than titanium or steel. iPhone users will be able to worry less about dropping their phones. ComputerWorld goes into more detail about the iPhone 5’s materials here. The web abounds with rumors on the latest iPhone, but reports like this make the speculation more definite. LiquidMetal looks to make the new iPhone more durable and lighter.

The new iPhone is said to be released this October. This theory is based on a Qualcomm statement, that the company is having trouble satisfying the demand for it’s newest chips. This is significant because Apple’s next iPhone will most definitely be using those chips.

When the iPhone 5 comes out in October, we can be pretty sure it will use the 4G LTE networks. Apple already has an iPad out that makes use of LTE from AT&T and Verizon so it makes sense that its newest iPhone would too.

The iPhone 5 is also set to be using cutting edge in-cell touch panels in its design. According to sources in Apple’s supply chain, “An improvement in yield rates of the in-cell touch panels at Sharp and TMD has persuaded Apple to choose to cooperate with Japan-based panel makers, the sources noted.”

Adario Strange of PCMag clarifies, “The new touch panel approach would eliminate the need for an external module or film, thus reducing the weight of the device and bringing down the overall thickness of the panel array.”

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