A Carbon Fiber iPad Actually Looks Quite Good

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I love the iPad's aluminum back. It makes it feel solid, which is a must for its thinness. But it's heavy too. Apple may be thinking about the possibility of making their iOS tablet lighter by changing it to carbon fiber.

At least, that's what their latest iPad patent is all about. Carbon fiber is light, but it's also brittle and it can crack if it's bent or rolled in the wrong way. Their patent describes a method to create a "reinforced device housing" that may avoid the problems associated with this kind of cases.

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However, the patent was filed on May 18, 2009, which predates Apple's purchase of all 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.

Still, a carbon fiber iPad looks quite attractive to me. [Apple Insider]

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geekymitch
geekymitch

The other issue is that carbon fiber is INSANELY expensive.

Take a look at the auto world, a quick google search shows a WRX carbon fiber hood to be around $650 on up to around $1000 depending on the year and style of hood. A standard WRX scooped hood costs a touch under $300.

Now, while I know we're talking about far less material, so less of a price difference, you can still expect to see a premium to be paid for the magical carbon fiber material.

Looking back to my days playing competitive paintball, I can remember paying upwards of $120 for a carbon fiber paintball gun barrel, where the average aluminum one was in the 70-80 range.

If they DO make one in CF, I would hope it would be an optional "premium" model, rather than being the only one they offer.