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Carbon fiber iPad 2 in the works

30 November 2010 2,260 views No Comment

Apple loves emerging technologies and materials, as well as the efficiencies and style these deliver. Fresh news out of Taiwan posits that the next-generation Apple tablet could come to market inside a carbon-fiber enclosure. What’s surprising is the source of this tech.

China Economic News Service (Taiwan) reports that Advanced International Multitech (AIM), Taiwan’s leading golf gear maker, will reportedly receive orders for iPad housings from Apple. The company already makes carbon fiber components for remote controlled planes and robots, though revenues therefrom are quite small at around $1.5 annually.

With Apple selling 40,000-plus iPads a day, the unit scale and revenues will jump by orders of magnitude. That is, carbon fiber has been something that’s been on horizon throughout my lifetime and this could be just the thing to push this material into the mainstream.

Thereupon, it bears mentioning that Apple has applied for a Reinforced Device Housing patent, which is described as an outer shell for electronic devices composed of a “layered fiber-in-matrix type material, such as CFRP” (carbon fiber-reinforced polymer).

Hmm, another Designed in California revolution…

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