Tuesday Apple Rumors: Apple Wins Patent for Liquid Metal Products

Here are your Apple Rumors for today:

apple-rumors-liquid-metal-patent-aaplProcessor: A new processor that could fit Apple’s (AAPL) MacBook line has been announced by Intel (INTC), reports MacRumors. The new processor announced by Intel are quad-core Broadwell processors. Three of these processors are i7s that could fit inside the new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. However, it’s unlikely that these processor will make their way into these computers due to the line being refreshed just earlier this year. It’s possible Apple will wait for the next MacBook update before it uses new Intel processors.

HomeKit: The first line of products that are compatible with Apple HomeKit have been released, 9to5Mac notes. New HomeKit prodcuts that have been released and are shipping to customers include those offered by Insteon, Lutron, iHome, Elgato and Ecobee. Some products aren’t available yet, but are able to be preordered. More information regarding HomeKit products are expected to be announced during the WWDC, which is will start on June 8.

Patent: A new patent concerning liquid metal has been granted to Apple, reports AppleInsider. The new patent granted to the tech company is for a process of using liquid metal to create a product in layers. Liquid metal used in this process have to be cooled slowly over time and amorphous and non-crystalline state at room temperature. However, if they aren’t cooled fast enough, crystals can form that can cause issues. The metal used in this process has to be set down in a constant stream or in small droplets. It’s believed that this process has been used to create trays for SIM cards.

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