Apple iPad 2 Sheds Weight with New Carbon Fibre Design

Posted on Nov 20 2010 - 5:27pm by Richard Sharp

It seems that the iPad 2 is set to go on a diet according to some new information based on a design submitted to the US Patent office. The patent suggests that the skin of the iPad 2 will be made of lightweight carbon fibre, a major upgrade from the current aluminium shell.

If this information is accurate it could mean an improved user experience for iPad owners, the device will be lighter and will also offer improved wireless reception, a problem that has stifled the release of iOS 4.2.

The patent filed via the US Patent office confirmed that the shell of the device will be made of a “layered fiber-in-matrix type material, such as CFRP” This is basically carbon fibre. This would make the back of the device stronger and bring the overall weight down, most importantly it would mean major improvements of Wi-Fi and 3G/4G signal (who knows what it might run on).

The patent basically means Apple could use the single piece carbon fibre shell for the iPad 2, however it doesn’t mean that they actually will use it. The patent protects Apple should any other tablet manufacturer wishes to use the exact same technology in the future.

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