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Apple patent hints at iPhone with sapphire glass and LiquidMetal

Apple patent app hints at future iPhone model using LiquidMetal and sapphire glass to create a more robust smartphone.

@ShaneMcGlaun
Published Wed, May 28 2014 7:06 AM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Apple and other smartphone makers are always working to make smartphones more robust. Any iPhone user knows that one drop is all it takes to destroy an expensive smartphone. A new Apple patent application has turned up that outlines a smartphone with some interesting features to help prevent damage from drops.

Apple patent hints at iPhone with sapphire glass and LiquidMetal | TweakTown.com

The patent app talks about a special construction process that uses sapphire glass for the screen and LiquidMetal for the construction of the phone. Apple has used LiquidMetal in the past, but only for small parts like the SIM card ejector you see here.

According to the patent, in a future iPhone the LiquidMetal could be used to help stabilize the sapphire glass display. That stabilization is needed so that in a drop the screen doesn't crack or fall off. The use of LiquidMetal would replace the current construction process that uses a rubber gasket to protect the screen from impacts.

NEWS SOURCE:foxnews.com

Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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