Apple will swap the glass construction of its current-gen smartphone in favour of more robust liquidmetal, reports suggest.
According to supplier sources cited by ETNews, the iPhone 5 will use an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel and copper to make it more durable and less prone to scratches.
The material is also easier to handle during the manufacturing process and retains the silky smooth surfaces and lightness that characterises Apple kit.
Interestingly, the report also suggests that the handset will tip up in June – suggesting that Apple could return to refreshing its handset at the end of spring, after breaking with tradition to launch the iPhone 4S in October.
News of Apple’s plans comes amid speculation that Samsung will drop the opinion-dividing plastic construction of the Galaxy S2 for the soon-to-be unveiled follow-up to its flagship phone.
The handset, informally titled the Galaxy S3, is expected to feature a ceramic backplate – a move also intended to make the phone more hard-wearing.
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