updated 03:05 pm EDT, Tue September 14, 2010
Ultimate purpose of tech remains unknown
Apple is hiring three new people to develop amorphous metal alloys, according to job listings. One position is for a manager, while the other two are engineering openings. AppleInsider notes that the jobs are described as "highly visible," involving composition, molding and forming of the alloys, as well as more mundane tasks like machining, grinding and finishing.
The listings are almost certainly related to Apple's purchase of patent rights from Liquidmetal, a company specializing in amorphous alloys. What Apple might use the technology for is still unclear, particularly as a signature Liquidmetal alloy uses large quantities of platinum, a metal worth about $1,500 per ounce in pure form. To date Apple has only shipped one product based on Liquidmetal's concepts: the SIM ejector pin for the iPhone 3G.