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11-18-2010, 06:35 PM #21
Wait til people start dropping them and complaining about cracks. Then we'll get reports on not dropping them and polls comparing the aluminum to the carbon fiber and which one cracks the easiest. Same as the iPhone glass.
11-18-2010, 11:11 PM #22
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11-18-2010, 11:38 PM #24
I have never heard of carbon fiber being weak
but to all the nay-sayers, this is apple we are talking about
build quality and looks are everything to them
11-19-2010, 12:10 AM #25
I just dont' see this being a practical option for the iPad.
11-19-2010, 01:13 AM #26
carbon fiber would look and feel much better then what is used now, i hope this happens
11-19-2010, 04:27 AM #27
A futile development for a ridiculous device.
11-19-2010, 05:36 AM #28
I want to see this in the new macbooks not the iPad look at the shape it matches
11-19-2010, 05:51 PM #29
@ mortopher: if ur talking about brittleness, may i ask u one thing; wat do u plan on doing if the ipad is made of CF? i mean really it takes a lot of pressure and force to crack or break. i have a cpl CF cases for my iphone and other things and i admit it im not perfect; i have (do i dare say it) dropped my iphone with the case on a cpl times but u know wat aside from a few scratches here and there its still like new (the case not the phone). but u have ur opinion and we all have ours. u either like it or u dont or u either hate it or u dont. everyone is different
11-20-2010, 12:01 PM #30
Carbon fiber is very resilient against stretching or bending, but it cannot stand up to shock. Anyone that watches F1 racing knows this. When an F1 car crashes, the bulk of the debris is carbon fiber shards.
Consider the application. Carbon fiber used on a F1 car is thick, especially in the frame. When made into thin sheets, carbon fiber flexes very easily and provides no protection against shock and little protection against minor bumps. It is not possible for Apple to make it rigid enough to use as a case while also maintaining visual aesthetics.
If Apple were to use carbon fiber, the two possible outcomes would be a durable but bulky design or a visually pleasing but weak design. History proves that Apple will go for aesthetics, and the final result will be a device that is thin, lightweight, and sexy yet much more fragile and significantly more expensive than its predecessor.
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11-20-2010, 11:42 PM #31
They could very easily design uprights and other suspension components to take a fairly large whack without breaking. Yes, carbon fiber is brittle if cheaply made (look at the import 'tuner' crowd for those parts) and if it's designed to take a load in another direction that the force that is applied without care for anything else. If Apple designed the case to be strong around the corners and strong in a certain impact direction, say directly towards the front if it were to be dropped flat on it's back, then they wouldn't have too much trouble.
The wings on those cars resist tons, literally, of force in a vertical direction to withstand that force to create downforce. If they wanted they could design them to take a direct load from the front as well. The reason they don't is weight, not because it's a brittle material. Weight has more importance to them performance wise than safety wise, they use they least amount they can to pass mandated crash testing and not an ounce more because that kills the performance. With a minimum weight of 1300ish pounds they build the cars at around 1100 pounds and use the rest of that minimum limit to place ballast. The amount epoxy used to bond carbon fiber sheets together directly affects it's strength as well, after all it is a woven thread. If you look at the TF110 Toyota Formula 1 car in bare form you can see that the weave is different depending on it's location and load applied to it. If carbon fiber cracks it's because it cheaply made, not because of the properties of the composite or it's not designed properly for the loads that are placed on it.
I work on aircraft that have panels and structures made of carbon fiber composites and I know for a fact you can whack them really hard with a hammer without damage. They are thick panels so they are strong, but even the thin composite (some parts as thin as a quarter inch), is amazingly strong considering it's weight. The ejection seats have backrests that are made of thinly laid carbon fiber composite and I've dropped them from almost ten feet in the air directly on a corner and it didn't even scratch it. Cheaply made CF composite cracks. If it's strong enough to withstand almost 1000C as a Formula 1 brake disc, and those take 6 months each to make(!), it can withstand a five foot drop if made properly and withstand the heat produced by an iPad, which isn't alot by any stretch. They could manufacture one easily in fact. Only problem is it's not cheap and easy to obtain, wouldn't really be cost effective for something that doesn't really need the strength and weight properties of CF.HK-Z™ on Game Center
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11-21-2010, 02:15 AM #32
My mistake, I should not have meant it's brittleness... I had been up for 30+ hours so I wasn't thinking too clearly. Thank you for correcting me.
Regardless, I don't see them being able to make an iPad back panel out of it without having increase the price of the device significantly. The back only weighs 0.3 lbs, nowhere near enough to go to an extreme material such as carbon fiber in order to save weight. As someone else mentioned, I'm wondering where their acquisition of LiquidMetal will come into play with this.
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11-21-2010, 11:31 AM #33
I agree, cost is the problem. Aluminum is cheap and recyclable, CF composite is neither. Just as you said, there's no advantage because the thing doesn't weigh very much to begin with. I believe this is just another one of Apples placeholder patents. I'd love to have a very beautifully laid CF composite backed iPad, but wouldn't want to pay the price.HK-Z™ on Game Center