Last month, there were reports that Apple had signed an exclusive agreement with a company named LiquidMetal to bring their metal alloy technology to the iPhone. The agreement, rumored to have cost Apple $10.9 million will give Cupertino the exclusive right to use the material in the area of electronics.
Now it looks like Apple is closer to put the agreement into use. A handful of job openings recently put up at the Apple website seek applications from metal development engineers and managers who will work on a new project that will involve work in composition, molding and forming processes with amorphous alloys. Now though we cannot be sure if this technology will be put to fruition on the back-casing of the upcoming iPhone, the timing of the announcement does make it a very likely possibility.
Liquidmetal is a series of exotic metal alloys that come with a unique atomic composition that allows them to be extremely strong yet highly flexible besides being scratch-proof and corrosion resistant. While the back casing is the most ideal component that could be made with LiquidMetal, there are also speculations that the antenna system could be built with this. Apple has already tested out the metal alloy for its SIM ejector pin.