You may be aware that we have recently been reintroduced to one of Apple’s special technologies with the news that the iPhone 5 may be made of liquid metal, a metal alloy Apple have owned the sole rights to since 2010. Well a report today is saying that Apple is planning to go one further and also construct their all new 2012 MacBook Pro from this revolutionary super strong, silky smooth liquid metal as well.
The report comes from the ‘inside sources’ over at Mactrast who claim that the upcoming MacBook range will boast USB 3.0 support, and be packaged in a sexy new liquid metal chassis. They also echoed previous rumours that both the 2012 MacBook Air & Pro will become one single device that’s super thin and equally powerful.
USB 3.0 as the name suggests is the third major revision of the USB (Universal Serial Bus) port. This part of the rumour would seem unlikely at first as Steve Jobs was famously against 3.0, saying that he couldn’t see the technology taking off. However this was one and a half years ago now, and a lot since has changed. Jobs was also famously against dividens for share holders (which have just been granted) and an iPad mini which is looking more and more likely.
The next part of the rumour is that the new MacBook will be made from Liquid metal. There is no question that Apple have this technology at their grasp, buying the sole rights for the metal alloy back in 2010. The question is do they have the capacity to produce it in such large numbers. The iPhone 5 being made from liquid metal as rumoured last week would already be a huge step up for production, and maybe something as big as the MacBook would be too much to ask too soon.
The largest thing they produce in large quantities made from liquid metal is the sim ejector tool, found packed with every iPhone and 3G iPad. So we know their testing the material, it’s just will they reel it out in such large quantities so fast.