Lovely iPad Rumor of the Day: Apple Looking at Carbon Fiber For a Lighter Next iPad

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Apple is exploring the use of carbon fiber to create reinforced housing for its mobile devices, with the iPad a potential candidate to utilize the strong-but-light material.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a new patent application from Apple this week entitled "Reinforced Device Housing." It describes an outer shell for electronic devices composed of a "layered fiber-in-matrix type material, such as CFRP," otherwise known as carbon fiber-reinforced polymer.

That’s from a report at Apple Insider today on a patent actually filed by Apple back in May of last year. Gizmodo points out that this was before Apple bought the rights to LiquidMetal Technology …

… a hybrid material with the strength and anti-corrosive nature of metals like titanium and stainless steel, with the benefits of plastics and composites, such as extreme flexibility and easy casting.

I’m not fussed which cool new material they use – if it leads to a slightly lighter next iPad, I’m good with that.

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