“Apple is again expressing interest in ceramic device enclosures, this time looking at a unibody type design fabricated from layers of the substrate in a technique somewhat akin to those used in laying up fiberglass, a material which one analyst believes will be used in a rumored low-cost iPhone,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“Noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported earlier this month that Apple would be releasing a low-cost iPhone with a shell made of fiberglass which, while a completely different material than ceramics, is fabricated using techniques outlined in the most recent patent application,” Campbell reports. “The new filing is straightforward, describing the materials and processes required to manufacture a strong, lightweight housing built from laminated ceramics.”

Campbell reports, “As mentioned in the filing’s abstract, the fabrication technique can be used for a ‘handheld computing device,’ which also extends to cellular phones like the iPhone.”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application illustrations, in the full article here.