Apparently, it pays to reduce the size of your “hobby” device. iSuppli has hit the books and come up with a cost estimate for the new Apple TV and compared to the original box, the new model is not only a quarter of the size but almost a quarter of the cost as well.
The best way to keep tabs on what Apple might be cooking up next is to keep an eye on all of the new inventions they file for patents on. One of the latest is a patent for an improved composite laminate that could someday make future devices practically bulletproof.
Here's one out of left field to open those bleary Monday morning eyes of yours: Apple negotiated an exclusive deal to use metallic alloys with unique atomic structures developed by a research team at the California Institute of Technology. The alloy, which was brought to market for commercial use back in 2003 by Liquidmetal Technologies, the alloy's intellectual rights holder, has previously seen utilization is by the U.S. Department of Defense, as can also be found in some medical equipment.
Liquid metal... a computer comany... can Skynet be far behind?