Apple iPhone 5 & iPad 3 Rumor: New Carbon Fiber Casings

It’s no secret that many of the technological giants seem to be on a constant mission to make devices thinner and lighter with every new development. We have heard news today that suggests that Apple is planning to take this one step further and could be using new carbon-fiber casings on future products, such as the iPhone 5 and iPad 3.

Thinner and lighter is very much the trend with recent examples being the iPad 2, the last MacBook Air and the new Samsung Series 9 notebook, along with many more. The rumor appears to have been sparked by the fact that Apple has recently hired Kevin Kenney, as its Senior Composites Engineer. According to Arnold Kim over on MacRumors, Kenney was previously employed at Kestrel Bicycles, the firm that brought carbon fiber frame designs for bicycles to prominence.

Bringing carbon-fiber enclosures to future Apple laptops and iOS device would mean even lighter weights along with high-strength. There have been previous rumors of carbon-fiber enclosures for Apple products, back in 2008 for the MacBook Air, which never materialized, and then again in 2009 when a patent application showed that Apple had been working on a new look for carbon-fiber that would be more pleasing to the eye. MacRumors also tells how there were reports last year about iPad 2 prototypes using carbon-fiber backings.

Seth Weintraub over on 9to5Mac also reports on this latest rumor and tells more about Kenney’s background including the fact that the 2009 patent had Kenney’s name on it, so he was actually involved with Apple back then. What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that carbon-fiber casings will be coming to future Apple products and if so, will it be in time for the iPad 3 and the iPhone 5, which has been the subject of recent delay rumors? Let us know with your comments.

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    Carbon fiber? This is ridiculous. Seriously check out your source. Carbon fiber is one of the worst material when it comes to cellphone signal… They'll never use that kind of material.