• Rumors that Apple may use Carbon Fiber for MacBook Air

    Although Apple has happily claimed having the world’s thinnest notebook with the release of their MacBook Air, there are now rumors that Apple is not satisfied with the weight of the notebook.

    According to AppleInsider, people that are familiar with Apple’s manufacturing plans say the company is seriously considering replacing heavier aircraft-grade aluminum parts with carbon fiber parts in hopes of reducing the MacBook Air’s total weight to under 3lbs.

    AppleInsider explains:

    “Carbon fiber is an extremely lightweight material comprised of very thin fibers about 0.005–0.010 millimeters in diameter and composed mostly of carbon atoms. The atoms bond together in microscopic crystals that are aligned parallel to the long axis of the fiber and can thus be used to form exceptionally strong composites without requiring more material.”

    The carbon filter parts are already in use with aerospace, sporting, and racing industries because of their high strength to weight ratio. Carbon fiber parts have recently become an option for the computing industry and are already in Sony and HP's Voodoo PC brands that use it to construct the enclosures on lightweight notebooks.

    Supposedly Apple is considering replacing the MacBook Air’s lower aluminum case or bottom cover with one made from carbon fiber. Although this would raise production costs (which would probably just be passed on to the consumer) it could reduce the notebook’s weight by 100 grams. This would drop the weight from just over 3lbs to 2.78lbs.

    Maybe I am missing something, but 100 measly grams hardly seems worth it unless Apple is trying for the world record of tiniest computer or something?

    Source: AppleInsider | Apple may turn to carbon fiber for lighter MacBook Air
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