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Is Apple secretly building a carbon fiber device?

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Is Apple secretly building a carbon fiber device?
We've already heard rumors that Apple is tinkering with the idea of a carbon fiber device, and today we can add one more evidence rumor to the already bulging pile!

Here's how the story goes: An unnamed, yet undoubtedly knowledgeable person, has reportedly informed Japanese blog Macotakara that Apple has ordered a large number of carbon fiber parts from a Japanese company, the name of which is also unknown. Hmm, we wonder what Apple's going to do with those...

Sadly, this is where the story suddenly ends, because the only other detail available is that this Japanese company has been producing the parts since mid-March. Interestingly, if this whole story actually turns out true, it would mean that the introduction of the supposed carbon fiber device might not be too far away, as the person leaking the info mentions that the amount of parts Apple has ordered is too great to be used for testing purposes only.

We'd like to remind you that Apple already has some patents detailing the use of carbon fiber in tablet-like devices, so who knows, we might as well be rocking some super-light iPads next year.

via: AppleInsider

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posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:33 36

1. superguy (Posts: 269; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


A carbon fiber device would be really cool. I'd never buy an Apple device to get one though. I'd hope Sammy or HTC would put one out.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:55 25

10. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


same here man, but for me, its not Samsung nor HTC, i would buy a carbon-fibered Nokia device lol

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 10:44 9

16. ChiX017 (Posts: 308; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


yeah, i would too.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 20:33 1

32. ChangMin2012 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)


A carbon fiber Xperia would do well...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 00:09 1

36. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


not Sammy's style... however if you find something cheaper than plastic, we may have the next big thing.

HTC or Motorola may do it though

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 06:50

42. techsavvy.jaz (Posts: 98; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


Moto's already having the kevlar thing though, so may be it's logical for them to bring out the next one in carbon fibre.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:25 3

25. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3742; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


They shouldn't worry about the design of the next iPhone so much. They should really concentrate on overhauling iOS, because iOS6 is an utter & total disappointment.

Customer satisfaction is down at Apple. People are bored with the SAME iOS from 2007!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 15:51

29. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Again its down because maps sucks not because people are bored. The article even said so.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 22:38

34. GoodFella (Posts: 112; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


The article said so! I believe every article I read too...

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 16:53 2

30. cheetah2k (Posts: 768; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)


Motorola's Kevlar backed Razr devices (especially the Razr HD coming soon) look awesome.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:39 29

2. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


I heard the same about Liquid Metal.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:46 5

4. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


loool

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:56 8

11. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


which never came into being...

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 10:02 6

13. No_Nonsense (Posts: 826; Member since: 17 Aug 2012)


That's what I meant: Heard about LM which never came into being, so I doubt if this is true.
PS: Since when did companies start getting patents on the materials used for devices?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:44

3. CreeDiddy (Posts: 216; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


No Apple...Don't follow the Motorola Kevlar/Carbon plastic model. Yes it will be lighter, but why do we need lighter unless they plan on increasing the screen size. I believe a 4.5" iPhone 6 would be perfect with a res of 1920x1080. Nothing would touch this in the market.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:55 16

9. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Well that's what Rotten Apple usually does copy copy copy and then sue others for what they can't copy. But apple's got to tread lightly cause Moto is Google now.
Hey I thought iP5 was the perfect device with the perfect screen size and apple knows best...why increase by following android...oh by the way we at android even have a 5.5 incher just so you know and a few 1080p bad boys are already on the way :)
Just switch to android already then you wouldn't have to wish so much...

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 17:13

31. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


oh yea i forgot iphone copied their app design from sammy! those dirty, rotten apples and their so called innovation

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:49 1

5. rihel_95 (Posts: 196; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


Motorola Droid like Kelver back would be awesome

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:52 5

6. kreneo (Posts: 13; Member since: 29 Aug 2011)


The Day Apple releases 4.5" screen, I'll be definately getting one!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 11:49 1

18. SGSatlantis (Posts: 205; Member since: 20 Jul 2011)


I will buy you one when they do:)

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 12:17

21. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


only if it's available that is.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 11:55 2

19. PapaSmurf (Posts: 7317; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Or you can buy a 4.5" Android with an HD screen, root it and flash a ROM to make it look like iOS.

Why wait when you can do it now?

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 00:12

37. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


because it will still be made out of crappy materials and have zero support from the manufacturer in 6 months, rendering it obsolete.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:54 4

7. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1088; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


from glass , to carbon fiber... well played in durability huh?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:54 5

8. frydaexiii (Posts: 1176; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


Haha yeah, I realized from the past few years it's pretty easy to spot what Apple is actually working on or not.

1) Is it a very new concept? (To Apple of cause)
2) Does it sound cool?
3) Has it never been done before by others?

If you answered yes to 2 or more of those questions...Apple's probably not working on it.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 09:59 4

12. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1064; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


Well lets hope theey can make devices that don't get scratched up on the first day and look like a 2007 first gen iPhone...but hey all iPhones do look like first gen crap cause Apple has been feedin the same crap year after year to the sheep!

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 10:15 4

14. AndroidShiz (Posts: 145; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)


Motorola must have really made an impression.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 10:28 2

15. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


A carbon fiber Nexus...mmmm

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 14:04 2

27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Seems like Apple is taking some lessons from Motorola with their Kevlar... Trying to make uncommon materials popular in devices. I like it. First it was ceramic, then Kevlar, now carbon fiber. And then there's the in development liquid metal.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 14:38

28. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


Oh wow. Liquid metal? Hope our phones turn morph into other things like that liquid terminator in Terminator 2.

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 22:13 1

43. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3868; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


You're looking at iPhone X right there my friend lol. Seriously, if I remember correctly there was an estimate of 3-5 years of development on liquid metal before being able to be used on consumer devices.

Also, I hope they name the 10th gen iPhone (if there is one) iPhone X. I don't care who you are, if you have a chance to put "X" in the name of a product, you do it. X is like the most bad-ass letter of the alphabet.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 01:10 1

44. The_Innovation (Posts: 538; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)


X is badass in every aspect lol.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 10:54

17. phones522 (Posts: 91; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


Maybe the iPad minis?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 12:04

20. wolstenbeast (Posts: 25; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Omg Apple damage control much?
Hey we are getting bad reviews regarding user interface, build quality and static line issues, lets leak a story to divert attention!

Watch reactions. "ohhh shiny, what was that about the I-phone5?"

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 12:19

22. skymitch89 (Posts: 1015; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


The carbon fiber might/could be used in the "iPad Mini" instead of aluminium, stainless, or plastic?

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 12:41

23. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


as a iPhone loyalist..i doubt this is about the iPhone but more about the iPad Mini...

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 00:15

38. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


seeing how aluminum restrains signal I think it has everything to do with every device they come out with in the future iPhone included

posted on 29 Sep 2012, 15:29

45. iGREGG (Posts: 66; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)


u could be right my friend

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:15 1

24. Rocksteady (Posts: 196; Member since: 29 Apr 2012)


Maybe they want to create a carbon fiber cover for the iphone5 to control the problem of scratches and dents, carbon fiber is light, strong, and feels good in the hand. That's what they learned from Motorola and trying to copy.
apple; imitate, never innovate.

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 13:43

26. jdcxxx (Posts: 15; Member since: 14 Nov 2011)


carbon fiber does not impede wifi and network signals. It will improve signal strength

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 00:16 1

39. HäckeMáte (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


Thanks captain obvious, I thought it was because they wanted to make the devices lighter or make aftermarket spoilers

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 01:47

40. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


haha nice one, then Apple fanboys will definetly buy the after market spoilers, a car dubbed with Apple body-kit is an awesome thing for them fans :P

posted on 26 Sep 2012, 21:29

33. Peter98 (Posts: 119; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


I would like to get one if so. Great one!

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 00:00

35. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


My phone customization shop sells carbon fiber skins for $30........please dont be a blind idiot buying a new $300 doller iphone lol

posted on 27 Sep 2012, 03:16

41. aakashram2001 (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh first let them make a good phone atleast

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