iPhone 5 Liquidmetal Technology to Rival Samsung Galaxy S3 Ceramic Design

The next generation iPhone will be designed using Liquidmetal technology that Apple acquired in 2010, according to a recent report.

"According to industry sources, the next flagship phones of the companies are expected to adopt unprecedented materials for their main bodies, that is, ceramic for the Galaxy S3 and liquid metal for iPhone 5, both being thin, light and highly resistant to external impacts," wrote Korean publication ETNews.com.

"The new phase of the rivalry is because neither one of them can get a decisive edge over the other solely with its OS and AP specifications, features or design," added the site.

The publication interestingly noted that both companies cannot outdo one another with software and hardware so now it seems to be coming down to style.

In that area, Apple seems to have held the advantage with its trendy designs for many of its products including the iPod, iPad, and most importantly the iPhone.

Samsung normally uses plastic for the frames on its Galaxy devices that make for a light smartphone, but not an impressive appearance.

Apple has been rumored to be using Liquidmetal technology in batteries and SIM card tools in the past, however, the company has never confirmed this.

The ETNews report also stated that the next iPhone, that it referred to as the iPhone 5, will launch at WWDC in San Francisco in June. But it did not list a source for the location and timeframe, so this information could be based off expectation.

Many industry insiders are now stating that Apple will launch the device in the fall of this year. However, Apple has not confirmed any information regarding the device.

It will most likely be 4G LTE, since the new iPad is compatible with the network.