Apple explores use of carbon fiber in next-gen iPad, other mobile devices

Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac“Apple is exploring the use of carbon fiber to create reinforced housing for its mobile devices, with the iPad a potential candidate to utilize the strong-but-light material,” Neil Hughes reports for AppleInsider.

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple this week entitled ‘Reinforced Device Housing,'” Hughes reports. “Discovered by AppleInsider, [it] describes an outer shell for electronic devices composed of a ‘layered fiber-in-matrix type material, such as CFRP,’ otherwise known as carbon fiber-reinforced polymer.”

Hughes reports, “Illustrations that accompany the filing show a single, unibody housing similar in shape to the iPad. Apple’s current, first-generation iPad has a solid aluminum back.”

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21 Comments

  1. Hmm…didn’t Dell and Compaq go this cheap plastic route with their computers?

    I wonder how Apple is going to command premium prices for cheap plastic casings?

    Unless Apple plans on bringing the price down? Lower prices with lower costs per unit, means more sales and a rising stock price.

    Stay tuned!

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