Rumor Watch: iPad 2 Carbon Fiber Body Suspected But Not Confirmed
A runaway rumor being taken as reality by some today is that the iPad 2 will sport a carbon fiber body shell instead of an aluminum encasing in an effort by Apple to make the tablet lighter and sleeker. But as John Gruber of Daring Fireball cautions, there is no concrete evidence to chalk this feature up as a given in the same way we can assuredly expect a front-facing camera for FaceTime chats on the 2nd-gen iPad.
John Gruber only mentioned in a footnote - yes, in a footnote
- that he is “half-sure” about the iPad 2 getting a carbon fiber shell, a persistent suspicion that has lingered practically since the iPad was released one year ago. The actual blog post that started the carbon fiber discussion wasn't even about the removal of the iPad's aluminum shell. Rather, Gruber was aiming to address Engadget's report about there being no retina display on the iPad 2.
In speaking one set of iPad 2 rumors, it appears that another sprouted new legs. But as my MMi colleague Matt Savoca noted in his interesting iPad 2 rumor roundup
last night, we're only one week away from being able to reconcile the rumors surrounding the iPad 2 with the actual reality of the tablet's refreshed features. Then, hopefully, we may all get a few days of respite before the iPad 3 speculation can begin in earnest
Source: Daring Fireball