Apple’s rumored carbon fiber part shipments said to be result of multi-year partnership

“Late last month, Macotakara reported that Apple had ordered carbon fiber components for an unknown product from a Japanese company. The order was said to be too large to simply be a sample, but no other details on the part were revealed,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors. “Macotakara now reports that the shipments are actually the result of a long-standing partnership between Apple and the carbon fiber company dating back at least three years.”

Slivka reports, “Apple’s interest in carbon fiber is well-known, and several rumors had suggested that Apple was at least toying with the idea of using a carbon fiber rear shell on the iPad 2 to increase strength while decreasing weight. Those efforts obviously did not pan out, but it seems clear that Apple continues to be interested in the material.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn Weiler” for the heads up.]

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17 Comments

  1. Of course Apple is interested in carbon fiber. At one point, CF was so popular that companies were faking the look using polyester fabrics. When properly implemented, CF can provide serious weight and stiffness advantages.

    Several months ago i read an article about injection molding CF components using a resin infused with chopped up fibers. The cured material retained a significant fraction of the material properties of lay-up CF. That could change the economics for a mass-produced product.

            1. Navin… you are clearly delusional and require immediate intervention. Trees allow you to breath asshole and guess what…. apples grow on trees!~

  2. I suppose these carbon fiber parts will work rather well with the Liquidmetal components.

    /s

    If Apple starts using carbon fiber shells, I’m sure the news media will spin it as carbon fiber is some sort of a health hazard for humans.

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