Preface: This is all simply an idea/ speculation of mine. I have no sources real or fictional. So, as many people have seen... the black anodized aluminum scratches fairly easy. I am going to go out on a limb and say that after a year with the iPhone 5 & presumably a very similar design for the next iPhone (iPhone 5S) most people are going to have fairly scratched up iPhones. I'm not talking about the OCD MacRumors crowd that complains to the Apple Geniuses over a .01mm speck of silver showing & buys an 8-layer protective case... I'm speaking of the general public who toss their phone into their purse or pocket at will and who just deals with the looks of it. They will have looked at a scratched up iPhone for up to two years. Liquidmetal is supposed to be more scratch resistant that most, if not all currently available alloys, and might possibly be ready for use in mass production in two years when the next major design would be due. Do you suppose that Apple could possibly have plans to use liquid metal in the next iPhone redesign? Could Apple be planning to make Liquidmetal's scratch resistance be the big selling feature? Maybe even having put a scratch prone iPhone out into the world this year so people would be excited to upgrade to the iPhone 6 (assumed name) and be excited for Apple's magical scratch resistant iPhone? Just a theory. I myself bought a 16gb black iPhone 5 on launch day. It came with several nicks in the beveled edge, but I dealt with it. I scratched it myself within 24 hours. I ended up returning it for a 32gb and went with white for that one knowing that it too would eventually scratch & it may be less noticeable. I'd be all over a Liquidmetal iPhone.