A fiber-optic cable, like a phone cable, can be made from carbon fiber and made cheaper and more flexible with the help of the technology developed by Apple, the US telecom giant said in a statement on Monday.
Apple and its suppliers have been pushing for the development of fiber-based technologies, which would be more flexible and more energy-efficient, since its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
The technology was developed by the US-based company, and it uses the same technology that makes up Apple’s iPad and Mac products.
“Fiber technology is a key part of our overall approach to bringing new services and products to consumers,” Apple said.
“It’s the future of data, communications and devices.”
The company is using its research and development capabilities to develop the technology, the statement said.
The company said it will partner with other companies to make fiber-recovery devices and plans to start selling them in the next 12 months.
Fiber-recoverable cables are already in use in other areas of life, such as aircraft, cars and homes.
They are also being used in a number of sectors, including food processing, pharmaceuticals and the electronics industry.
The news comes a day after Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said the company was working with companies to develop fiber-to-the-home technology, saying the technology would make it easier for consumers to buy products online.
“We are working with a number (of) companies to see if we can do a better business with them and we will,” Cook told a conference call.
The move is part of a broader effort by Apple to improve its online shopping experience, Cook said.
Apple has a long history of investing in its retail business, but has been trying to improve the customer experience by building out its own retail network.
The company is also working to build out its wireless and cloud-based business, and is currently in talks with a few retailers.