Casing Material change at WWDC?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 18, 2006
Perth, Australia
It seems to me that with them launching new versions of all mac models at WWDC, they have an opportunity to do something they've never done before: they could update the casing materials for all mac models in one fell swoop.

Here's a dark horse prediction for you: Next week we see all macs get the liquid metal treatment... Or even better (and more unlikely), how cool would it be if they did what I said in my post from this time last year:

This one is for the materials science geeks on this forum. I had a look back to this patent where Apple was researching Carbon fibre shells:

I was also looking at how long they've been working with Liquid metal:

And it seems to me that they are pursuing BOTH technologies with equal effort. It seemed strange to me that they would put so much effort into to two technologies when they would likely only use one for cases/structural requirements.

And then I found this excerpt from a book which describes how to fuse carbon fibre with metal alloys to create a sandwich which is similar to the first patent l linked to above.:

Based on all this, my guess is that apple is making some kind of fusion casing material that will be mouldable like liquid metal, have the extra strength of carbon fibre, and have the strength/weight properties of both. That would also explain some of the "darker" metal/liquid metal pics that have been floating around.

What do you think?


macrumors 6502a
Jun 4, 2008
I don't expect to see liquid metal anything. I'm also not excited about it because everything we know is hearsay, it has yet to have any large scale application where its benefits are clear to see.


Staff member
May 3, 2009
While it may be cool to see the fruits of apple's purchase of liquid metal, I don't think we'll see it in the case.


macrumors 65816
Oct 4, 2011
It seems to me that with them launching new versions of all mac models at WWDC
I'm sorry. I must have missed this declaration on the WWDC website. Where was it confirmed that such an announcement(s) was taking place at WWDC?


macrumors member
Apr 15, 2012
I hope they don't change casing material away from aluminium, I think it's great as it is.


macrumors 68040
Feb 6, 2009
From one of Liquidmetal's inventors:

Given the size of MacBook and scale of Apple products, I think it's unlikely that Liquidmetal casing will be used in MacBooks in the near term. It's more likely in the form of small component such as a hinge or bracket. A MacBook casing, such as a unibody, will take two to four more years to implement.
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