Will the Apple iPad 2 have a carbon fiber shell along with HDR photos and FaceTime?
What the carbon fiber shell will do is reduce the weight of the tablet, as well as enable it with better wireless reception.
Currently, instead of carbon fiber, aluminum is what users hold in their hands, which adds weight to the iPad.
According to the US Patent and Trademark Office, the patent says the shell will be constructed from layered fiber-in-matrix type material. This would mean the case is lighter, stronger and would allow for improved WiFi and mobile broadband reception.
Apple iPad 2 enthusiasts should be warned though, the patent doesn't mean that the second version will have a sleek carbon fiber shell; it just means Apple can protect this design if a rival with similar designs goes into the tablet market.
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