According to a recent post by AppleInsider, future iPads could be made out of carbon fiber. Currently, Apple is reportedly “exploring the use of carbon fiber to create reinforced housing for its mobile devices.” And, as of this moment, all focus seems to be on Apple’s 9.7″ touchscreen device.
Apple is considering the move in an attempt to reduce the risk of the iPad’s housing breaking. In a patent titled “Reinforced Device Housing,” which details Apple’s exploration of the use of carbon fiber, it has been noted that iDevices with housings made of plastic often break. And, while those made of metal are sturdier, they are also heavier and expensive.
Furthermore, even carbon fiber can crack and break. As the report notes, Apple has had to think around this:
Apple’s solution would employ either a layered carbon fiber material or a spine or frame made from the same material to support a carbon fiber skin. Using a frame or layers would ensure that the fibers would run in different directions, thus addressing the weakness of carbon fiber housings.
Currently, this is all speculation – and we’ll not be sure of Apple’s intentions until at least next year. Yesterday, we told you iPad 2 production is rumored to begin in February, and that the device is set to include a front-facing camera, for FaceTime. We also heard rumors surrounding a rear-facing camera, too – though this seems less likely.
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