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11-18-2010, 12:08 PM #1
Apple May Bring Carbon Fiber to the iPad
If you though the iPad was sleek and light as a feather, just wait until you get a load of the second-generation iPad. If reports published today prove accurate, the next iPad to reach consumers could be pretty incredible. In fact, traders and financial analysts on Wall Street are already reacting to the news that Apple is said to be considering the use of carbon fiber to produce the housing for its popular line of iDevices, but most likely for the iPad.
To be clear, this isn't a rumor or an un-sourced speculation. The suggestion comes directly from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Freshly published images indicate Apple's model for an iPad shell composed of "layered fiber-in-matrix type material, such as CFRP," which, in reality, is carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. The most noticeable consequence of making the move to carbon fiber, of course, would be an even lighter iPad, as the presently utilized aluminum encasing would be gone.
Are there disadvantages to a carbon fiber encasement? Yes. The iPad could possibly be much more prone to cracking or damage given the less sturdy foundation of the device's housing. But if the patent is being studied correctly by outside parties, it would appear that Apple has solved for much of these concerns by having the fibers run in opposite directions, lending as much sturdiness as possible to this incredibly lightweight model.
It isn't yet clear when a second generation iPad will be introduced, but many believe Spring 2011 would be the absolute soonest.
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11-18-2010, 12:20 PM #2
Awesome, that would be a nice touch to the iPad.
11-18-2010, 12:23 PM #3
they should make mbp out of carbon fibers to help reduce the denting of the shells. itd be much nicer than having to buy a stupid case
11-18-2010, 12:45 PM #4
who cares? by the the time we get all the good features from apple, we will be on ipad6. then i'll get an other one,i will never buy any first gen device fron apple ever again.
11-18-2010, 12:46 PM #5
hope this is nothing like their "sturdy glass" on the iphone 4. But i do know carbon fiber is much lighter. Would be nice since i am using the BEAST case Otterbox Defender for my iPad so it could use to be a little lighter. That case wieghs about a lb itself. But my son can drop it and i feel its pretty damn protected as it has happened a couple of times and notta. We need lots of new things to the ipad 2nd gen but how bout 4.2 first?! lol
11-18-2010, 01:00 PM #6
that would make the look of the ipad amazing, but like mentioned, i think that the aluminum should stay for durability because carbon fiber does crackYou don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
11-18-2010, 01:26 PM #7
This article makes me wet
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11-18-2010, 01:30 PM #8
Carbon fiber? Cool I guess, but what happened to liquid metal?
11-18-2010, 01:45 PM #9
i don't see this happening
maybe a carbon frame inside but not on the out side
as much as i love carbon
i just don't see some business men getting it if its carbon
its not really a business accessory its more like a car junkies dream
11-18-2010, 01:45 PM #10
Are these patent markups they have on MMi the actual ones, or do they just have somebody to a quick sketch so the article looks cooler on the main page??
11-18-2010, 01:46 PM #11
im not sure i like this writer to much....
11-18-2010, 01:50 PM #12
and carbon also expands with heat and shrink in the cold
11-18-2010, 01:55 PM #13
Before everyone gets too excited about Carbon Fiber, remember the TiBook? The first thing that cracked was the carbon fiber and the paint peeled off it too.
11-18-2010, 02:25 PM #14
id love to see this happen
11-18-2010, 02:51 PM #15
Sounds really cool, but ill have to see it to believe it......
11-18-2010, 03:01 PM #16
While this isn't based on a rumor, I think it is a misrepresentation of the facts to report this as a feature of the next generation iPad. Unless I am missing something obvious, this is merely another one of Apple's extremely long list of patents, nothing more. We all know how few of them actually make their way into production models. This is certainly newsworthy and great to talk about, but stating things such as "If you though the iPad was sleek and light as a feather, just wait until you get a load of the second-generation iPad", is pure conjecture.
Having said that, I think a carbon fiber backed iPad would look extremely sleek. Unfortunately I'm not too certain how practical of an idea it would pan out to be. As others have said, CFRP expands and contracts quite a bit due to the environment and has a tendency to splinter. I'm curious as to how this would effect the bottom line. CFRP isn't a cheap material to use (especially considering Apple's usually strict quality standards), and it wouldn't reduce the iPad's weight significantly enough to justify a significant increase in production costs. Hell, the iPad's only 1.5 lbs. it's not like the MBA, which shaves 3-4 lbs (roughly) from the next lightest MacBook model.
Personally, I would like to see a design similar to the iPhone 4's. I would like a flat rear panel on the next iPad. I wasn't a fan of the rounded shell on the 3G & 3GS, nor am I a fan of it on the current iPad. As glossy black panel with an aluminum frame like the iPhone 4 would look very nice on the iPad. Then again, except for about 20 minutes, I've had my iPad in the Apple case ever since I bought it this summer.
Last edited by mortopher; 11-18-2010 at 03:21 PM.
11-18-2010, 03:20 PM #17
They should put a add on camera
11-18-2010, 04:39 PM #18
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11-18-2010, 04:44 PM #19
It'll sound awesome to have, but I'm not sure how I'd like it because it seems like it will add a lot to the price.
11-18-2010, 06:06 PM #20
Sound cool. But aluminum dent and carbon crack.