While plastic is light, and metal (aluminum) is durable, both have the flaws which their counterpart makes up for. Yet is there a material that is both light and durable? Does the LiquidMetal company Apple acquired have to do with anything?
Just recently, Apple, through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, has published its application for reinforced device housing. Most of this document focuses on the use of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (or simply put, carbon fiber).
Apple also mentions how conventional methods of creating a housing for a device will easily break when bent or contorted a certain way (along its axis). Apple engineer Kevin M. Kenny, is credited with inventing a solution for this problem. By employing a frame or layered carbon fiber, the skin can be supported and thus increase the durability of this housing.
With the patent application using a picture of the iPad, it will certainly make some iDevice users giddy.
So what do you prefer? The smooth shiny aluminum or the sleek durable carbon fiber?
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