Is Apple secretly building a carbon fiber device?

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



1. superguy

Posts: 448; Member since: Jul 15, 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.

10. asseek

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

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

16. ChiX017

Posts: 308; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

yeah, i would too.

32. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

A carbon fiber Xperia would do well...

36. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 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

42. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 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.

25. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

29. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

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

34. GoodFella

Posts: 112; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

30. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

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

2. No_Nonsense unregistered

I heard the same about Liquid Metal.

4. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011


11. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

which never came into being...

13. No_Nonsense unregistered

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?

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 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.

9. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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...

31. jaoowolabi

Posts: 201; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

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

5. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Motorola Droid like Kelver back would be awesome

6. kreneo

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 29, 2011

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

18. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

I will buy you one when they do:)

21. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

only if it's available that is.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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?

37. HäckeMáte

Posts: 168; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

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

7. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

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

8. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 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.

12. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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!

14. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Motorola must have really made an impression.

15. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

A carbon fiber Nexus...mmmm

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

28. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

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

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