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  • Carbon Fiber, You Say? Apple Working on Mysterious Product


    According to the latest tidbits of insider knowledge out of the far east, Apple is allegedly working on a mysterious new product made with a most interesting component - carbon fiber.

    On Wednesday, Japanese blog Macotakara reported that Apple is placing orders for parts made from the aforementioned material. What does that mean? Most likely, Apple is working on a new product that will be lightweight but also immensely rugged and durable.

    Could the carbon fiber be implemented into an already-existing Apple product? Possibly. But the chatter out of Asia hints at a new device altogether. Macotakara even notes that Apple's large order of the components confirms that something is brewing on a massive scale. In other words, Apple isn't merely working on a prototype of something in the lab.

    With Apple devices getting lighter and lighter with each passing generation, there's no telling what Apple has in mind or if the purchased components could even be related in some fashion to the rumored forthcoming iPad mini. As of this writing, Apple is still expected to formally introduce the smaller, more affordable iPad before the close of 2012.

    Source: Macotakara
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Carbon Fiber, You Say? Apple Working on Mysterious Product started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      I dont think its for an iPad Mini, more plausible that its for the iPad 4 which should be released March-ish
    1. bmwraw8482's Avatar
      bmwraw8482 -
      I doubt carbon fiber would help produce a cheaper iPad...
    1. Chalty669's Avatar
      Chalty669 -
      I think apple has a good strategy for its portable devices with the machined aluminum. Take the iPhone 5 for an example, reviews say it is impossibly light. Now what would require strength and quality that isn't feasible with aluminum? Maybe something large, perhaps an apple television. This would be a strong lightweight material that wouldn't scream cheap for the back of a tv.
    1. Raptor2213's Avatar
      Raptor2213 -
      I'm more interested in the i-1000.
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Entirely new product...hmmm...interest sparked!!!
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      They should use carbon nanotubes.
    1. mlee19841's Avatar
      mlee19841 -
      Carbon fiber back to the new 5s in 6months. That would blow. Wonder what the iOS update will fix
    1. iPodTouch149's Avatar
      iPodTouch149 -
      This has nothing to do with iPod Touch 5G???
    1. javiert30's Avatar
      javiert30 -
      Good, iPhone 5 recall for everybody... Thanks Phil you are the man
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Yeah, it's probably for the iPad 4.
    1. MXCO's Avatar
      MXCO -
      I could honestly say I believe rumors, I feel as Tim cook isn't very tight on security. I say that cause all(mostly all) the rumors were true on the iPhone 5 and Tim cook didn't look like he care or was up tight about it. But who knows.
    1. iLoveWindows&iPhone's Avatar
      iLoveWindows&iPhone -
      And this is why no one is "wowed" anymore when new Apple products are unveiled...
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Yeah, it's probably for the iPad 4.
      The article says it's for 'a new device altogether'
    1. bigray's Avatar
      bigray -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      The article says it's for 'a new device altogether'
      No it says that the talk from Asia is that it could be a new device altogether.

      They are just rumors so it could be anything
    1. thatboy12345's Avatar
      thatboy12345 -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I dont think its for an iPad Mini, more plausible that its for the iPad 4 which should be released March-ish
      You skipped a generation, what about the iPad 3?
    1. fanboyfanboy's Avatar
      fanboyfanboy -
      Quote Originally Posted by thatboy12345 View Post
      You skipped a generation, what about the iPad 3?
      The "new" iPad, its classified as the iPad 3, it's just called the "new" iPad instead of iPad 3.
    1. Saved0ne's Avatar
      Saved0ne -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      I dont think its for an iPad Mini, more plausible that its for the iPad 4 which should be released March-ish
      I'm kind of thinking the same thing, however honestly, I don't believe they should need to release another iPad so soon already. I wonder what other kind of product it could be... they have desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, music devices.. what else is there?

      Maybe the iTV? Super light for wall mounts?
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Would be a great material to build a games console!!! Would be a good addition to the market place!
    1. domenicp's Avatar
      domenicp -
      They're going to break into the road bike market... Lol
    1. c0deName_ZERO's Avatar
      c0deName_ZERO -
      Quote Originally Posted by scroogelives View Post
      Would be a great material to build a games console!!! Would be a good addition to the market place!
      that should be next coming soon perhaps ... after an innovation with the apple tv they'll move up to it after the release of the PS4