Apple’s known for using high-end materials in all of its products, but it has yet to use carbon fiber in any of its devices (to our knowledge). That might change, soon, however.
A report surfaced from Macotakara on Wednesday that suggests Apple has been in discussions with a Japanese carbon fiber manufacturer and has even placed an order for the material. Macotakara said Apple’s parts order is “too large to be called a “sample,” which suggests that the company may be very serious in using carbon fiber on an upcoming product.
Is it possible that the highly rumored carbon fiber MacBook Air will become a reality? We think it’s probably too soon for the company to use it in its upcoming iPad mini, since that device is expected to be unveiled by the Cupertino firm sometime next month. It’s possible that revised versions of the iPad with the new Lightning port will take advantage of the strong and light material, however.
MacRumors also points to Apple’s recent decision to hire Kevin Kenney last year, an executive who serves as a composite engineer for the firm and who previously was the CEO of a bicycle company that created carbon fiber frames.