Future iPhones could be fashioned from carbon fibre, speculation suggests, as Apple seeks a way to make its handsets ever-lighter but still durable.
This week, the tech objets des desires-maker was forced to defend the iPhone 5 from claims that its aluminium body, which helps the sixth-gen handset to claim the title of the lightest iPhone ever, is unduly prone to scratches.
Today, it seems that Apple might have identified carbon fibre as a potential solution.
According to a source cited by Macotakara, Apple has ordered a series of samples using the material from a Japanese parts-maker, which apparently only begun making it in March.
It’s not yet known what kind of parts these might be. Or indeed whether Apple has them in mind for the next iPhone or models to land years hence.
One thing we do know, though, is that Apple has form with carbon fibre, which has featured in a host of patents filed by the Cupertino-based tech giant.
News of developments down in Infinite Loop come as the iPhone 5 brushed off complaints over Apple Maps and build issues to race to five million sales and become Apple’s fastest-selling phone ever.