iPhone 5C could be the first Apple product to use scratch-resistant LiquidMetal

iPhone 5C could be the first Apple product to use scratch-resistant LiquidMetal

Summary: A new leak out of China shows what appears to be a video of an extremely scratch-resistant iPhone 5C. In it, the device survives close contact with coins, keys, screws, and paper clips unscathed.

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iPhone 5C could be the first Apple product to use scratch-resistant LiquidMetal - Jason O'Grady

 

A report from Taiwan’s Apple Daily purports to show an assembled iPhone 5C, the low-cost iPhone rumored to be announced on September 10, surviving an informal pocket test with no visible scratches on its rear plastic shell. In it, an anonymous individual puts the 5C into a gallon Ziploc bag with coins, keys, screws, paper clips and, what appears to be a pocket flashlight, then closes and shakes the bag vigorously. 

After the shake test, the person drags the keys, screws and coins across the surface of the plastic shell in an attempt to scratch it. After putting the pink 5C through its paces, the reflection on the rear of the shell shows no visible scratches whatsoever, at least at the video's resolution. The implication is that Apple's may have used a new process to make the plastic extremely scratch-resistant. 

Apple faced numerous complaints (and a class-action lawsuit) in 2005 because of how easily the original iPod nano's plastic surface sustained scratches. In August 2010 Apple acquired LiquidMetal and its new metallic/glass substance that has twice the strength of Titanium but the moldability of plastic. Then, in late 2010, Apple filed a patent application for "Nitriding Stainless Steel for Consumer Electronic Products" which resists scratches by placing a layer of nitride over a stainless steel exterior.

Hmmm...

Don't be surprised if the iPhone 5C case is fabricated from nitride-coated LiquidMetal.

The video also shows some precise measurements of the device. Measuring 24.55mm x 59.13mm x 8.98mm in the video, the iPhone 5C comes in at slightly larger than the iPhone 5.

Here's the video of the iPhone 5C Shake N Bake test:

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  • But Can It Do This?

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6tMyDKdFs-o

    Apple playing catch-up to Android, again...
    ldo17
    • What I don't get is the leap to the liquidmetal tie in.

      Is this just click bait or what? This video is showing a plastic case. This has nothing to do with liquidmetal in any way. Yes be surprised if the 5C comes in a liquidmetal case.
      Johnny Vegas
      • Re: This video is showing a plastic case

        Really? You're not trying to suggest that plain old low-tech el-cheapo plastic could possibly be as tough as new-fangled ultra-high-tech LiquidMetal, are you? I mean, what is the point of all those billions Apple is spending on R&D?
        ldo17
        • Ahhh - Wrong As Usual!

          This is actually hig-tech plastic developed by Apples millions. You see, the cheap ass-tastic plastic used by Nokia, Samsung and the others will scratch with this test. Once again, Apple is listening to what customers want - not to what 'Roid-ranters think is needed.
          Gr8Music
          • Thanks for the laugh

            No, seriously, I appreciated the laugh. While Nokia has been using high-tech, strong, nice looking, nice feeling plastic for years, the apple fanboys like you went on the record as stating that plastic was cheap and low end and sucked.

            Suddenly, plastic ain't so bad.

            Too funny, you just can't make this stuff up.
            toddbottom3
          • Oh Toddy!

            I've missed you!

            Glad I could make you laugh - you do it to me almost every post. When I twist facts like you, suddenly my posts are funnier. Beware, I know your secret now;-)

            Didn't you especially like "ass-tastic plastic?"
            Gr8Music
          • I did, I liked your whole post

            I really did laugh.

            I will give you kudos though, I thought you were being serious. If your goal was to punk me, you succeeded.

            Kudos Gr8Music.
            toddbottom3
          • Hmm

            High impact polycarbon based plastic blends can be very good at this application.

            Another option is the Motorola Kevlar, that works well too and really doesn't scratch like Plastic.
            slickjim
          • I guess we can add chemistry to the list

            of things you have absolutely no clue about. Which is pretty pathetic since most 7 year olds know that there are different kinds of plastic, and some are really cheap and break easy, and others are incredibly tough and durable.
            baggins_z
          • So apple fanboys are all 6 year olds?

            Because for years now, all the apple fanboys have claimed that every other phone sucks because it is made of plastic.

            When more rational people said things like:
            "there are different kinds of plastic, and some are really cheap and break easy, and others are incredibly tough and durable."

            and then went on to show how incredibly tough things like Nokia phones were, those same apple fanboys would disagree and state that "plastic is plastic and it all sucks".

            Yes baggins, we Nokia owners know exactly how incredibly tough and durable plastic can be. We know it every time we look at a picture of a broken glass and metal iphone on our plastic Nokias.
            toddbottom3
          • toddbottom3

            "Because for years now, all the apple fanboys have claimed that every other phone sucks because it is made of plastic."

            That is a bold statement (and false) to make. Thanks KING OF LIARS toddbottom3!
            TimeForAChangeToBetter
          • We learnt that at school

            We have normal plastics - they range from craptastic to acceptable.

            Then we have apple plastic which ranges from my 'god this is a revelation' all the way through to 'I couldn't live my life without this apple plastic' blend.

            We were taught that only apple makes good plastic, no one else period. I see you were listening.
            Little Old Man
          • YOU ARE THE JOKE

            HA. HAHAHAHAHAHAAAA

            This is hysterical - yes Apple is using the "expensive" plastic that does the same job, cause its so much better than others. BWHAHAHAHAAAA HAAA HAAAA HAAAA !!!!
            JABBER_WOLF
          • Re: While Nokia has been using high-tech, strong, nice looking, nice feelin

            Toddy,

            Allow me to have owned almost all generations of phones that Nokia has produced. After all, I happen to live in Europe and Nokia was selling here much more than what they ever demonstrated in the US.

            The Nokia phones have always had poor quality plastics. At the end, I resorted to mostly metal models (metal backs, at best) -- because I got tired of the plastics breaking.

            You give too much credit to Nokia. They are good with mobile phones, but not with their packaging...
            danbi
          • I have to disagree

            having also bough european nokia's. The OEM casings were very resiliant to impact damage and in most cases failed to break even from impact onto concrete from around a metre. That suggests they were quite adequate for the use. What more would you expect from them? Compare the OEM casings with the after-market snap on covers, half of which snapped during the installation, and it's obvious that the plastic nokia used was a cut above.
            Little Old Man
          • So now you are saying Apple users have been asking for a plastic phone?

            After all the slings and arrows thrown at Samsung, Nokia, HTC and other phone makers for using plastics in their designs, you are now saying Apple users have been asking for a plastic phone?

            It must be nearing September when the Apple fans redefine what is good and bad in a phone as the new iPhone models adopts aspects from other platforms. Things that last year were bad or unwanted now become magical and elagent.
            Emacho
          • yep...

            The same way Steve Jobs redefined what 'Retina Display' meant: first he the term referred to a pixel density of 300 and up, but after the ipad (I forget which model) came out with a ppi of LESS than 300 he changed the meaning to not-being-able-to-see-pixels at a certain distance, so Apple could sell the tablet with the Retina Display distinction...Lol
            trob6969
      • lame scratch test

        what it shows was a bunch of rounded metal objects and hardly any of it touched the plastic casing. most of it bounced around on the screen side where he has a visible screen protector on it.
        the key was not an old school type with sharp pointy teeth but a nice safe rounded off VW car key on a huge plastic fob.
        he then lightly runs the rounded tip of the key on the plastic.
        any ABS plastic could pass this test!
        This is the gayest scratch test ever.
        warboat
    • Android?

      What is your point in comparing software (Android) with hardware (iPhone)?
      danbi
      • Re: What is your point in comparing software (Android) with hardware (iPhon

        I didn't say "Iphone".
        ldo17