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  • 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
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Rumor Watch: iPad 2 Carbon Fiber Body Suspected But Not Confirmed started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. iAppleHack's Avatar
      iAppleHack -
      All theses rumors... Make me think that when the iPad 2 comes out half the suspected features won't even be on it. Time will tell.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      It's gunna be sweet either way.
    1. iAppleHack's Avatar
      iAppleHack -
      Yes, it's gonna be awesome. I'm defiantly getting it.
    1. plumoso's Avatar
      plumoso -
      I can't way iPad 2 define I get one
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Def want one if true.
    1. maztrr's Avatar
      maztrr -
      I am going to wait for this one to come out, then by the old one real cheap because I am satisfied with the feature set of the old one, I just can't jsutify paying $400 right now.
    1. saunupe1911's Avatar
      saunupe1911 -
      Dang you guys are reporting on rumors out the crapper

      Carbon fiber????

      What's next? Bulletproof glass? - or has that already been a rumor too....Uh yep I believe it has.
    1. pkmaximum's Avatar
      pkmaximum -
      How does half sure really mean anything in the end? That's a probability of 100% to being right. It's like saying "I'm half sure that if I flip a penny it will land heads."
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      whatever happened to liquid metal why isnt that in the rumors ??
    1. kadinh's Avatar
      kadinh -
      CF on an iPad would make me start saving my $$$ to snatch one up ASAP! That would be SWEET!
    1. Silverado87's Avatar
      Silverado87 -
      ya know all these bs rumors are getting everyone excited. i think everyone is gonna be disappointed at what actually comes out.
    1. alexevo's Avatar
      alexevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by pkmaximum View Post
      How does half sure really mean anything in the end? That's a probability of 100% to being right. It's like saying "I'm half sure that if I flip a penny it will land heads."
      I've always wondered this as well except I think you meant 50% instead of 100% when you said "100% to being right."

      If he is only half sure then he is really saying he has no fusking clue. Even 99% sure is the same because there is a 50% chance you will get that 1% which makes the entire 99% pointless. In the end, either it will be carbon fiber or won't, and no amount of percentages will make it any more or less true. It's all just fusking speculation.
    1. iAppleHack's Avatar
      iAppleHack -
      Quote Originally Posted by alexevo View Post
      I've always wondered this as well except I think you meant 50% instead of 100% when you said "100% to being right."

      If he is only half sure then he is really saying he has no fusking clue. Even 99% sure is the same because there is a 50% chance you will get that 1% which makes the entire 99% pointless. In the end, either it will be carbon fiber or won't, and no amount of percentages will make it any more or less true. It's all just fusking speculation.
      I completely agree. Just wait until March and see what it has then. Most likely half these rumors aren't true anyways.
    1. GellBrake'rrrr's Avatar
      GellBrake'rrrr -
      Makes sense. It's definitely a design that would make the iPad a little sexier! And with talks of a lighter iPad.... It would be a win, win for everybody ;-P
    1. shiftrr's Avatar
      shiftrr -
      It will not have a carbon fiber body not even one that looks like carbon fiber. It would not make sense for apple or it's consumers. Just my two cents
    1. justinpotter81's Avatar
      justinpotter81 -
      I'd prefer liquid metal
    1. shiftrr's Avatar
      shiftrr -
      I agree, I am expecting the first gen., with a camera, slight body change, (to be slimmer) and a faster processor. All in all, similiar to what they did with iPhone, 3G to 3GS
    1. Jay Marcase's Avatar
      Jay Marcase -
      Michael Essany is the king of writing news story about nothing. He can take one sentence and stretch it amongst paragraph after paragraph...it's a true art.
    1. Go Gators's Avatar
      Go Gators -
      If they made it real carbon fiber the price would go through the roof. Most all the articles on this site are pure speculation. They love to spread the rumors!
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Silverado87 View Post
      ya know all these bs rumors are getting everyone excited. i think everyone is gonna be disappointed at what actually comes out.
      Either way its going to be cool