Apple exploring new ways of melting and feeding Liquidmetal for manufacturing

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  • Reply 61 of 66
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,983member
    According to Andy Ihnatko, the high-end line are very heavy watches.

    Very heavy compared to what? Many high end watches are very heavy. Some weigh almost a pound, with many at a good half pound with a heavy metal bracelet, parrticularly if all is from gold.
  • Reply 62 of 66
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,983member
    gatorguy wrote: »
    It wasn't, but It is now, and I'm guessing it will also come to Apple's attention. :)

    You can be sure Apple knows about this. It's not exactly a secret. They've been quoted from for years.
  • Reply 63 of 66
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,983member
    solipsismx wrote: »
    The iPhone 5S came with a sapphire Home Button while the iPhone 5 came with whatever material that was made from.

    The 5S came out a year later, and the sapphire is because they don't want the button scratched because the scratches degrades the sensor, which is one reason competing touch sensors in computers and phones have failed over the years. These phones are the same generation. Why would they use different materials? And if they did, don't you think Apple would be marketing that fact?
  • Reply 64 of 66
    melgross wrote: »
    The 5S came out a year later, and the sapphire is because they don't want the button scratched because the scratches degrades the sensor, which is one reason competing touch sensors in computers and phones have failed over the years. These phones are the same generation. Why would they use different materials? And if they did, don't you think Apple would be marketing that fact?

    Of course, no one is debating the reasons for sapphire for Touch ID, but I'm responding to a comment that states the 2nd year of the iPhone styling will have all the same exact materials of the 1st year styling simply because Apple doesn't ever change that up. Since the iPhone 5S came out with a sapphire Home Button while the iPhone 5 had glass(?) it shows his statement to be untrue, so one must accept the possibility that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus could have a sapphire display if Apple found the cost, manufacturing, and utility to all be in their favour.
  • Reply 65 of 66
    melgross wrote: »
    Very heavy compared to what? Many high end watches are very heavy. Some weigh almost a pound, with many at a good half pound with a heavy metal bracelet, parrticularly if all is from gold.

    Compared to the much lighter milled aluminum Apple Sport watches. Ihnatko noted that owners of large, heavy luxury watches would not be surprised with the weight.
  • Reply 66 of 66
    melgrossmelgross Posts: 31,983member
    Compared to the much lighter milled aluminum Apple Sport watches. Ihnatko noted that owners of large, heavy luxury watches would not be surprised with the weight.

    Well then, that would be true.
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