Apple Computer Inc. may be phasing out a lot of external plastics, with a design ethic focusing on glass and aluminum, but it is still using some resins. In the hype of the iPad 2 release, there's this information on the product's new cover: "The innovative new iPad 2 Smart Cover provides protection for the iPad screen while maintaining its thin and lightweight profile. Designed with a unique self-aligning magnetic hinge that makes it easy to attach and remove, the new iPad 2 Smart Cover automatically wakes iPad 2 when it's opened and puts it to sleep when it's closed, and has a soft microfiber lining to help keep the screen clean. The Smart Cover also folds into a stand for typing or viewing videos and is available in vibrant polyurethane for $39 or rich leather for $69 in a range of colors, including a (PRODUCT) RED one which helps support the Global Fund to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa." In this video from cnet, Apple's Steve Jobs says the covers "come in polyurethane, which is used to make space suits [audience laughter] ... or leather." Thanks to Rhoda Miel, who covers design for Plastics News, for contributing this item.
Apple highlights polyurethane in the iPad 2
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