Apple's Rumored Carbon Fiber Part Shipments Said to Be Result of Multi-Year Partnership

Late last month, Mac Otakara reported that Apple had ordered carbon fiber components for an unknown product from a Japanese company. The order was said to be too large to simply be a sample, but no other details on the part were revealed.

Mac Otakara now reports that the shipments are actually the result of a long-standing partnership between Apple and the carbon fiber company dating back at least three years.

I reported Apple ordered some - huge number of - sample of carbon fiber products for Japanese company, and now I tell that research devision of this company has been co-operated with Apple at least for 3 years.

Details on the exact part or the device for which it is intended are still unknown, but Apple is said to be looking to create a "completely different weaved fiber" from that used in other products.

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Diagram of carbon fiber weave from October 2007 Apple patent application

Apple's interest in carbon fiber is well-known, and several rumors had suggested that Apple was at least toying with the idea of using a carbon fiber rear shell on the iPad 2 to increase strength while decreasing weight. Those efforts obviously did not pan out, but it seems clear that Apple continues to be interested in the material.

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Top Rated Comments

jayducharme Avatar
154 months ago
Black carbon fiber mock turtlenecks.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Theclamshell Avatar
154 months ago
Looked at the picture before the title, thought apple was going to make tires :p

"They only last 5,000 Miles and are $800 a tire but people still buy them because the look good."
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
RoboCop001 Avatar
154 months ago
It's probably just carbon fiber sim card ejectors. You know, to test it out.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AngerDanger Avatar
154 months ago
Details on the exact part or the device for which it is intended are still unknown, but Apple is said to be looking to create a "completely different weaved fiber" from that used in other products.

Isn't it obvious?! Apple is setting out to create the world's most comfortable blanket!

Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
D.T. Avatar
154 months ago
It's definitely carbon fiber RAM for new ultra light weight notebooks.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yvan256 Avatar
154 months ago
Recycling?

Say what you want about aluminium, but at least it can be recycled practically indefinitely. I don't even know if carbon fiber can't be recycled at all.

Given the quantities of Apple devices manufactured, switching from aluminium to carbon fiber could possibly be the worst decision ever done by Apple.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)