Could the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini Really Be One in the Same?

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For months we've been hearing rumors about an iPhone 5 and iPad Mini device from Apple, but could it be possible that they're actually one and the same? It sounds far fetched, but only if you're not familiar with "rubber-band electronics," which is a nifty technology that allows you to stretch out your hardware similar to how pinch-to-zoom works. Check it out.

Obviously the above video is just a farce and we're having some weekend fun here on HotHardware, but guess what? Rubber-band electronics is a real technology, just not to the extent shown in the video above.

"Researchers at the McCormick School of Engineering, working with a team of scientists from the United States and abroad, have recently developed a design that allows electronics to bend and stretch to more than 200 percent their original size, four times greater than is possible with today’s technology. The key is a combination of a porous polymer and liquid metal," McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, states in a blog post.

Rubber-Band Electronics
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The fundamental problem with stretchable electronics is that electrical conductivity disappears rather quickly, even with a small amount of stretch. So no, the iPhone 5 and iPad Mini aren't the same device, but don't rule out the possibility that future versions could be.

"By combining a liquid metal in a porous polymer, we achieved 200 percent stretchability in a material that does not suffer from stretch," said Yonggang Huang, Joseph Cummings Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering at Northwestern University. "Once you achieve that technology, any electronic can behave like a rubber band."
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CDeeter replied on Sat, Sep 8 2012 3:07 PM

Lol this story didn't go where I thought it was going.

Was expecting you to report that they were the same device, as in a phablet like the Galaxy Note :-)

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No, they can't be "one in the same." The phrase should be "one and the same." This is how illiterate bloggers are found out; your spell-checker won't notice that you haven't ever read anything that wasn't required to get through Elementary School.

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Manduh replied on Mon, Sep 10 2012 10:25 AM


Lol this story didn't go where I thought it was going.

I was thinking the same thing LOL. A little lighthearted WTF post was good for the soul this morning :)  

... And the troll being trolled was even more epic HAHA! Sometimes reading comments are more fun than reading the article :P

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akcent14 replied on Tue, Sep 11 2012 3:16 AM

iphone 5 is really awesome cellphone and it has lots of features. iphone is better than  iPad.

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