Apple Makes Big Changes to the iPhone

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Samsung are reportedly bringing about a radical change in the material composition of their respective smartphones. The flagship phones for the two companies will soon adopt completely new materials for their bodies, according to a report by Korea’s ET News. The next-generation iPhone will have a body made of Liquidmetal, while the Samsung Galaxy S3 will be made of ceramic, the report says. Both materials are lighter and highly resistant to external injury.

The Galaxy S3, scheduled to be unveiled in London on May 3, will apparently feature a ceramic body created by applying heat to a non-metallic inorganic substance. The iPhone 5 is rumored to be made of a Liquidmetal, which is the commercial name for a series of amorphous metal alloys of zirconium, titanium, nickel, or copper. Apple spent $20 million to buy exclusive rights to the material from its creator Liquidmetal Technologies in 2010.

The report adds that the iPhone 5 will be launched at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco in June. Last year, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S in October.