Apple is reportedly looking to source carbon fibre parts for use in its products.
According to blog reports from Japan, the company has asked local manufacturers to provide material samples for an unspecified device. The reports suggest that the materials could be set for mass production by March of 2013.
While little is known about how the carbon fibre materials would be put to use, Apple news blog Apple Insider noted that the company has in the past filed for patents on carbon fibre components such as notebook panels.
Such an ultra-light material could prove useful in reducing the overall weight of the company's high-end MacBook Pro and MacBook Air notebook offerings.
Lightweight notebooks have grown in popularity in recent months. Aside form Apple's slim-profile models, Intel has teamed up with PC vendors in a marketing push for the lightweight ultrabook platform.
Apple has long been known for its innovative use of new materials and manufacturing techniques. The company has in the past offered unibody notebook construction on MacBook models and a special metal alloy back plating on its recently-released iPhone 5 handset.
Apple's manufacturing operations have been tossed into turmoil in recent days following a high-profile incident involving the company's largest manufacturing partner. Local advocate groups say that poor working conditions at a Foxconn China manufacturing plant charged with assembling the iPhone 5 triggered an employee riot.
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