Apple isn’t averse to picking up a trick or two from the automotive industry where carbon fiber is used extensively to cut down on weight without sacrificing on structural strength. In fact, the wonder material is used in any sphere as a light weight replacement of metals that are almost always bulky. But how about an iPad made of carbon fiber?
Well, we might be heading towards such a scenario as Apple has applied for such a patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As per the new patent, Apple will use “layered fiber-in-matrix type material, such as CFRP,” in the manufacture of the shell of the iPads. CFRP is otherwise known as Carbon Fiber Reinforced Polymer. While the idea is to make a strong shell for the iPad that will be better equipped to withstand abusive forces, other benefits of such a move, apart from the obvious reduction in weight will be better penetration of microwave that will lead to better Wi-Fi and cellular mobile broadband performance. Current iPads are made of brushed aluminum shells which are often accused of being a bit bulky, especially when the tablet is used during extended reading sessions.
However, it would be interesting to see if along with a reduction in weight, there will also be a corresponding reduction in price. Or will it cost a premium?