iPad 2 May Get Lightweight Carbon Fiber Body

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John Gruber of Daring Fireball has indicated that there is a possibility that the next generation iPad, which is expected to be unveiled at a special event next week could get a lightweight high-strength carbon fiber body instead of aluminum.

However, Gruber who has a very good track record will Apple related news points out that he is only half sure about it as he has heard about it from a second-hand sources.

John Gruber revealed this in the footnotes of a blog post where he insists that there has been no last minute changes in the design of the iPad, which was reported by Engadget:

I could publish things I’m only half-sure about, like the iPad 2 switching from aluminum to a lightweight high-strength carbon fiber body, but I don’t, because I’m only half-sure and I’ve only heard about it from second-hand sources who themselves are unsure about it. And even if I were to off-handedly mention such speculation, I’d do so in a footnote and take pains to emphasize the uncertain nature of the information and the second-hand status of the sources thereof. What I would never do is take a flyer and report uncertain speculation as a fact, and, if it wound up not panning out, chalk it up to Apple having changed things at the last moment rather than the report being flat-out wrong all along.

Earlier in the month, iLounge had also reported the possibility of Apple using a new material similar to carbon fiber instead of aluminum in the next generation iPad to make it tougher and at the same time reduce its weight.

We feel that the iPad Wi-Fi only model at 1.5 pounds (0.68 kg) and iPad Wi-Fi + 3G model at 1.6 pounds (0.73 kg) is a bit on the heavier side so a lighter iPad 2 would be welcome.

Here is a look at the weight of some of iPad’s competitors to get some perspective: Samsung Galaxy Tab weights only 0.37 kg, BlackBerry PlayBook which is expected to be released soon is rumored to weigh only 0.41 kg while Motorola Xoom weights 1.6 pounds (0.73 kg).

We would love to hear your opinion on the weight of the iPad, do you think its heavy? If so, how much should iPad 2 weigh?

[via Daring Fireball]