Apple, or for that matter most of the technology companies, file a number of patents on a variety of things just to be sure that the competitors don’t get there first. And probably on that line of thought, Apple is learned to have filed a new patent application that could bring a carbon-fiber pane to the next generation iPad.
The patent, titled “Reinforced Device Housing” talks about an external housing for an electronic device that is made with “layered fiber-in-matrix type material” that could possibly make the casing lighter while also providing better protection from cracks.
Of course, this is just a patent application and may not end up being incorporated on the real device anytime soon. But looking at the utilities that this new casing brings to the table, chances that we may actually see this in an upcoming iPad are pretty good.