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Apple extends LiquidMetal deal by two years

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Apple has extended its exclusivity agreement for the use of LiquidMetal technology by two years.

The Cupertino-based firm will now have access to the alloy and all future updates to the tech until February, 2014.

The news has revived speculation that the iPhone 5 will feature a LiquidMetal chassis, giving it a thinner and more streamlined profile than its predecessors.

LiquidMetal, which uses an alloy of zirconium, titanium, nickel, copper and other metals, could also be used to make the new handset more durable but with the lightness of plastic, and an outer surface that is smooth like liquid.

Apple has only used the alloy once in the past, to develop a small SIM card tray ejector tool for the iPhone 3G.

The iPhone 5 is expected to be released in September or October this year, though Apple is yet to officially confirm a launch date.

Watch a video demonstrating LiquidMetal technology below:

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