According to John Gruber of Daring Fireball, iPad 2 may gain a lightweight high-strength carbon fiber body. Gruber published a scathing review of Engadget’s latest rumor-backpedaling, where Josh Topolsky defended his sources who told him the iPad 2 would contain an SD card slot and a Retina Display screen, saying Apple changed these specs in the “eleventh hour.”
Excerpt from the footnote can be read below
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
A move to carbon fiber for the iPad 2 body would certainly make sense for Apple, especially if it plans to upgrade the bodies of the rest of its mobile lineup, including the iPhone 5 this summer.
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