A new reported out of South Korea claims that Apple is planning to use Liquidmetal alloys in the next-generation iPhone in place of the glass case on the current model. The new material will allow the device to be both thinner and lighter, and it will also be more resistant to impact damage. The Cupertino-based company acquired the rights to Liquidmetal Technologies’ “amorphous metal alloys” in August 2010, and soon after was looking to hire engineers to work with the material. According to sources speaking with ETNews, the next iPhone is expected to be unveiled at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco this June. The South Korean news site also states that Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S III smartphone will feature a ceramic main body for a light and comfortable grip, a claim that aligns with BGR’s exclusive report from this past February. More →
Acclaimed French designer Philippe Starck reportedly claims to be working with Apple to help design a revolutionary new product that will launch within the next eight months. “Indeed, there is a big project together which will be out in eight months,” the designer said on air during an interview with a French TV show, Le Figaro reported. He continued, stating that the mysterious new product would be “quite revolutionary.” Starck’s credited works range from hotels to toothbrushes, and several consumer electronics devices he designed are currently sold in Apple Stores. The designer claims to have met with Apple co-founder Steve Jobs on numerous occasions over the years. “For seven years I came to see him once a month in Palo Alto and elsewhere,” Starck said. BGR reported last year that Apple plans to launch a redesigned iPhone this fall, and the company is also rumored to be working on a flat-panel “iTV” television that could launch later this year as well.
UPDATE: An Apple spokesperson confirmed to AllThingsD that the company is not currently working on any project with Phillippe Starck. More →
Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will reportedly launch this coming October according an executive at Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn. Citing details learned in a TV interview with Foxconn’s head of human resources, South Korea-based Maeil Business Newspaper reports that Foxconn recently received preliminary orders for Apple’s next-generation iPhone, and the device will launch this fall. “We just got the order,” the Foxconn executive reportedly said, according to a translation from Kotaku. “[The release] will be around October.” Separately, 9to5Mac reports that Apple is currently testing a prototype of its next-generation iPhone that includes 1GB of RAM and Apple’s latest dual-core A5X processor, the same chipset found in the new iPad. The next iPhone’s new internal components are reportedly being tested inside the case from Apple’s previous-generation iPhone 4 and 4S in an effort to keep the handset’s new design from leaking. BGR reported last December that Apple plans to release a completely redesigned iPhone this coming fall.
Following the circulation of a highly improbably rumor suggesting Apple’s next iPhone will feature a 4.6-inch display, a new report counters with claims that Apple’s sixth-generation smartphone will likely feature a display size in line with the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. Apple watcher iMore, which has accurately reported information regarding unannounced Apple products in the past, reports that the screen on Apple’s next iPhone will be the same size or at least roughly the same size as the iPhone’s current display. The site also claims that the phone will feature a new smaller dock connector and an embedded 4G LTE radio. The new iPhone will launch this fall according to iMore, which is in line with BGR’s exclusive report from last year. More →