Apple iPhone 8 rumors have intensified in the recent past, and the latest tries to put at least one question to rest — will the iPhone 8 be metal or glass? The answer seems to be both. US Patent & Trademark Office has recently published a patent for liquid metal back (metallic glass) by Apple, and it will most likely feature in iPhone 8. Also Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing endsAlso Read - iPhone selling in LG stores? Apple is apparently in talks for a new deal
In the past, we ve read rumours of Apple going the glass way for iPhone 8 and sub-variants. Liquid metal is just as durable as metal but it provides the look and feel of a glass back. The patent was filed in the second half of 2016. Liquid metal or metallic glass is also known as amorphous alloys and glass alloys. It is called so as it does not have a solid crystalline structure as other metals. Owing to its different structure, it becomes difficult to use as a surface coating. Also Read - Apple CEO Tim Cook claims iOS is more secure than Android
Apple seems to have resolved the biggest issue if it is gearing up to use the alloy as the iPhone 8 back. According to reports, Apple will use micro-alloying technique to bind metallic glass on a metal substrate. Pulsed radiation will be applied to the metallic glass coated surface. This will result in the metallic glass coating binding with the metal substrate. The final product is metallic glass with a completely different composition.
The metallic glass is said to be a lot more durable and shatter-resistant. Apple is rumored to launch iPhone 8 with wireless charging, and this makes it imperative to have glass, ceramic or plastic body. Glass and ceramic being too fragile are not ideal for making the body of a smartphone. Plastic, on the other hand, is too cheap and will not give the desired effect. Metallic Glass or Liquid Metal solves the issue as it comes with the properties of glass with the endurance of metal.
Apple iPhone 8 features, specifications
iPhone 8, being Apple s 10th anniversary device comes with high stakes. Some of the major changes expected in the device are lack of a home button, a display-embedded fingerprint sensor, wireless charging and curved displays. Just a couple of days back, reports of Apple having placed an order of 70 million curved OLED panels from Samsung emerged. The most premium variant of iPhone 8 will feature curved OLED display while the other two versions will have a simple LED screen. ALSO READ: Apple orders 70 million bendable OLED panels from Samsung for iPhone 8: Report
Publication of the patent does not assure that the iPhone 8 will feature the new alloy back. Apple might completely skip the new metal back on iPhone 8, and instead save it for other launches. However, with the high expectations from iPhone 8, chances of the new patent being related to other device are slim. The last such Apple patent to have created a stir was the TouchBar ID which recently featured on MacBook Pro.