Apple’s senior vice president of design, Jony Ive, has hinted at the existence of new materials on some of the company’s upcoming products. With rumors about sapphire glass on the iPhone 6 and iWatch gaining traction, Ive’s statements are adding fuel to the rumor fire. Speaking with the New York Times, Ive said that he and CEO Tim Cook have been working on the new products for years now, and that they do include new materials.
Both LiquidMetal and sapphire have been rumored for some of the company’s upcoming products, namely the iPhone 6.
“I would love to talk about future stuff – they’re materials we haven’t worked in before,” Ive said. “I’ve been working on this stuff for a few years now. Tim is fundamentally involved in pushing into these new areas and into these materials.”
Apple has always focused on materials to keep devices light, strong, and good looking. However, in recent years, that focus has resulted in many devices employing almost the same design style and materials. Between Ive’s statements and Apple’s rumored use of an Arizona factory for sapphire glass production, it seems very likely that new materials will be seen on the company’s products before the end of this year.