RUMOR: Apple’s next-gen iPad may have carbon fiber body

Nothing “has changed in the iPad 2 since January. Nothing. There was never going to be a higher resolution display in the iPad 2. I’d wager heavily that there was never going to be an SD card slot for it, either, but I don’t know that,” John Gruber writes for Daring Fireball. “Mark my words: whoever told Engadget on January 14 that the iPad 2 was going to have a ‘super high resolution’ display was wrong.”

In a footnote, Gruber writes, “I could publish things I’m only half-sure about, like the iPad 2 switching from aluminum to a lightweight high-strength carbon fiber body, but I don’t, because I’m only half-sure and I’ve only heard about it from second-hand sources who themselves are unsure about it.”

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19 Comments

  1. I like the way Gruber goes out of his way to note how weak the carbon graphite body story is, just to have MDN make a major headline out of it. Is this some intentional ironic humor from MDN?

  2. The Retina display expectation is just feeding the ‘disappointment’ that idiot analysts, gossip mongers and hedge fund manipulators will rant about when iPad II doesn’t live up to the fabricated hype.

    This misinformed ‘disappointment’ will drop Apple’s stock price just as the iPad II hits the market. Anyone with half a brain knows than iPad II sales will be bombastic, so basically these manipulators will be buying on the “Disappointment” and manufactured selloff.

    Regardless of expectations, iPad II will be a hit no matter how Apple decides to hand it to us.

  3. A friend of mine works at Apple and said the iPad 2 is going to be made out of plastic and they are doing away with a display. It’s literally going to be a tablet.

  4. Of course, Apple has lots of materials in its prototype lab, including carbon fiber. It’s only natural that it is a possibility. I wouldn’t be surprised, as carbon fiber is ideal for use in any unibody type of construction, which is essentially a monocoque. Monocoques have gone from aluminum to carbon fiber in Formula 1 grandprix racing and in jet aircraft.

    Carbon would also make it easier for Apple to design antenna placement. Whether carbon really is ready for unibody use is anyone’s guess. Most mfrs have been using carbon-fiber-looking plastic, which probably is reason enough for Steve to reject it.

    1. Yes, graphite construction is being used extensively on Boeing’s 787, which is now “on schedule” to be more than three years late making it into customers’ hands. Yikes !

  5. I will step out on a speculation wing and suggest two iPad models will be introduced, iPad and iPad RD. The iPad will feature same display resolution, but have improved anti-glare, improvements in processor, weight, etc. and be priced at $499 for 32 GB WiFi, and $599 with 3G, it will be available now. The iPad RD will start at $699 and feature 32 GB, 3G, and a retina display and will ship in April.

  6. MDN’s headline misses and the reverses the whole point of Gruber’s post. Gruber was calling Engadget out. Engadget made a prediction. It’s not going to happen. Rather than admit that they or their sources were wrong, they’e decided that Apple must have made last minute changes. Let me put it this was, if I have to choose between believing that Engadget got it wrong or Apple change things at the last minute, I’m going to choose the former every time.

    1. I think this is a case of MDN “being funny”, playing the fool and sticking a finger in Gruber’s eye.

      Why? I don’t know … just being wilfully contrary.

      As Gruber say’s

      “… in my experience, the Apple rumors game is not all that volatile. The 2009 iPod Touch camera yanking is the exception, not the rule. Most major Apple products are pretty stable two months out from release. What’s volatile is getting accurate information about them.(1)

      If I had sources who fed me a load of horseshit a month ago, I’d be apologizing to my readers, not doubling down on those sources as “dead right”.

      (1)
      I could publish things I’m only half-sure about, like the iPad 2 switching from aluminum to a lightweight high-strength carbon fiber body, but I don’t, because I’m only half-sure and I’ve only heard about it from second-hand sources who themselves are unsure about it. And even if I were to off-handedly mention such speculation, I’d do so in a footnote and take pains to emphasize the uncertain nature of the information and the second-hand status of the sources thereof. What I would never do is take a flyer and report uncertain speculation as a fact, and, if it wound up not panning out, chalk it up to Apple having changed things at the last moment rather than the report being flat-out wrong all along. …”

      This is definitely MDN mucking about.

  7. That would actually be consistent. The original iPhone had an aluminum backside (except in the area with the antenna), just like the original iPad. The second gen iPhone “3G” changed to a non-metallic (though not “carbon fiber”) material. The change probably saved on both weight and production cost.

    I like how he says he does NOT “publish things I’m only half-sure about,” while doing it. LOL – good move…

  8. Come on people. Apple is committed to recyclable product content. Carbon fibre and resin is not on the list. This would be a huge black mark on Apple if they were to produce it.

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