How Much Lighter is iPad2?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Chilean.Miner, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Chilean.Miner, Feb 26, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2011

    Chilean.Miner macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2011
    I know it may be conjecture at this point but if this new one is significantly lighter I'll just straight upgrade and give my older ipad to my sis

    So how much lighter is it?

    edit: it's about 15% lighter.
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    No one knows, given that it doesn't exist yet.
  3. Chilean.Miner thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2011
    it's been in the manufacturing process for a while.

    So the back is carbon fiber, any guesstimates about how much lighter moving from metal to fibre would be?
  4. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    My guess is 3 ounces. Anyone else wanna take a stab? :)
  5. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    Do you understand that nobody knows the specs of the new Pad? There is no carbon fiber back. A patent application means that someone was working on a project that led to a patentable concept, nothing more. There are many hundreds of ideas that get patented by Apple and never see the light of day. Apparently any time an Apple employee farts someone here thinks its significant.

    If you want to know how much the iPad back weighs, a simple Google will do it for you, 138 grams, or just under 5 ounces.
  6. WLS macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2008
    come on..I think it is going to be close to 1 pound. that seems reasonable to me.
  7. WLS macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2008
  8. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    3 tons. Better start bulking up with protein powder now.
  9. Chilean.Miner thread starter macrumors member


    Feb 17, 2011

    hmm interesting. The weight is the biggest issue for me; i'd upgrade just for the lightness.
  10. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    At least 3 pound less and maybe 4!:)
  11. vrDrew, Feb 28, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2011

    vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    It strikes me as extremely unlikely that any production model of the iPad is going to have carbon fibre componentry, at least for the forseeable future.

    Given current technology it is impossible to mass produce carbon fibre components as cheaply as aluminum. The iPad's aluminum back can be stamped from commercially available coil aluminum in seconds, whereas CF components require lengthy processing in an autoclave. There simply isn't enough CF manufacturing capacity available to meet the aggressive (ie. Millions) production estimated for the iPad. Carbon fiber is also unsuitable as a material to receive screws or other threaded fasteners, and would require costly metal inserts.

    The potential weight savings from using a CF would be measured in grams, not ounces. But it would several dollars to the cost of manufacture, which would result in the retail price increasing by $20-30 or so. It's not going to happen on a product aimed as the mass market.
  12. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    iPad is not heavy. I've seen plenty of girls hold it with one hand.
  13. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

    Jul 8, 2007
    That's what she said.

    Sorry, couldn't resist! ;)
  14. iNeko macrumors regular

    May 13, 2007
    Currently, it weighs nothing! ;) :D

    But seriously, I have issues with the weight of the iPad after a few minutes and need to prop it up (my case weighs more than the iPad) so if the new one is lighter, it'll be a bonus. I'm really torn, because I'm happy with mine, but the new one will be new and shiny and new :(
  15. Mattstkc macrumors 6502a


    Dec 8, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    it'd be nice to see it under a pound, if only by a half ounce. 2 more days baby.. 2 more days...
  16. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    I read that Apple was researching the use of Helium Pockets within the empty space inside the iPad to reduce weight. I think it is likely we will see the results of this work on the iPad version 2, which will have a weight of .2 lb or 0.09 kg.
  17. Piggie macrumors G3


    Feb 23, 2010
    The new White model will be a lot lighter then the old Black model ;)
  18. poloponies Suspended

    May 3, 2010
    That's also the version that will be powered by unicorn tears.
  19. gloss macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    You have to admit, helium pockets are kind of a cute idea.
  20. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
  21. Wild-Bill macrumors 68030


    Jan 10, 2007

    Ummm..... NO.

    Unicorn tears do NOT power the new iPad.

    Unicorn tears are used to enhance the touchscreen interface and completely eliminate fingerprint marks !

    Everyone knows unicorn tears do that! Sheesh...... :p
  22. clibinarius macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2010
    iPad 2 was a myth that didn't exist it turns out, because it had a retina display; iPad 3 is being announced on Wednesday, and iPad 4 is announced Friday.

    I hear iPad 4 is going to be 8 pounds, down from iPad 2's 10. That's why they're skipping it for the intermediate iPad 3. And lord knows how much it weighs but it has no retina display.
  23. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2010
    England, UK
    I love how the OP completely disregarded the logical posts about how it's is impossible to know how much lighter, if any, the next iPad will be. and just went straight to commenting on the article that speculates/guesses on what it could be with zero evidence.

    isn't the iPhone 4 heavier than the iPhone 3G?

    who is to say adding a camera, a larger, more powerful speaker, possibly a larger ram chip etc won't actually make the next iPad heavier?

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