“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.”
Full article here.