Sapphire Crystal Display Found by Apple as Inferior Compared to Gorilla Glass

Posted on Jun 14 2013 - 5:30am by Phil

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The rumored integration of sapphire crystal display to the upcoming line of iPhones and iPads from Apple definitely excited a lot of fans. Based the CDS website, this would bring about utmost clarity and better performance of high end apps for mobile devices. It also enhances the functionality of gadgets that rely on touch technology, plus many other benefits. This is the reason why Apple decided to test the material for use in their future devices.

Vertuu Confirmation

Vertuu, the British firm responsible for producing luxury cell phones (some with sapphire displays), said that Apple recruited an unspecified number of its former employees to embark on a research to produce smartphones and tablets that will be using the material. In a report by MacRumors, this was revealed by none other than the COO of the British tech firm, Perry Oosting.

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In the same report, Oosting stated that Apple eventually shelved the project. The source quoted Oosting to be saying that the sapphire material is unsuitable for production in huge numbers as of the moment. Given the demand for Apple products, this may not be enough to satisfy the market.

Another reason why Apple backed out from its plan to incorporate sapphire crystal displays to its gadgets is because the Cupertino-based tech firm found out that the material is inferior as compared to its current Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The findings of Apple was confirmed by Corning. The manufacturer of the famous Gorilla Glass 3 said that its product is very suitable for mass production because of its lower pricing in contrast to the sapphire display’s more expensive cost. In addition, Corning said that its display is better because of its higher durability, lower weight and lesser energy consumption than the sapphire display.

Possible Use for the Sapphire Display

The report concluded that although Apple may not have current plans to completely integrate the material to its iPhones and iPads, it pointed out that Apple already utilized it for the rear camera of its fifth generation of iPhone. It suggested too that the company is considering about using the material for its Home button to complement its upcoming fingerprint sensors.

Source: CDS and MacRumors

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