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  • Smartphones May Come with Sapphire Displays in the Future


    Remember the days your iPhone would scratch so easily that you had to be extra careful with where you would place your phone? Well with the iPhone 5, Apple used anodized aluminum with inlays along the tops and bottoms made by pigmented glass (on black models) and ceramic glass (on white models) to replace the glass casing on the back. Sapphire crystals were also used to cover the back camera and according to Apple, are “far less likely to scratch” because the hardness comes second right after diamonds.

    A new report by MIT Technology Review discusses the possibility of future smartphones having displays made completely of Sapphire to increase the longevity of phones. They also estimated that Sapphire crystals are about three times stronger than Gorilla Glass. The only problem is, the cost of Sapphire is far more expensive than Gorilla Glass:

    Sapphire, a crystalline form of aluminum oxide, probably won’t ever be as cheap as Gorilla Glass, the durable material from Corning that’s used to make screens on iPhones and other smartphones. A Gorilla Glass display costs less than $3, while a sapphire display would cost about $30. But that could fall below $20 in a couple of years thanks to increased competition and improving technology, says Eric Virey, an analyst for the market research firm Yole Développement. And since sapphire performs better than glass, that price could make it cheap enough to compete, he says.
    Does this mean we will have phones that won’t scratch no matter where we drop them and will be completely scratch-resistant? Eric Virey, an analyst from Yole Développement announces that some smartphones will have sapphire displays as early as this year and we wonder if iPhones are on that list.

    One thing we do know is that we'll find out by being patient.

    Source: MIT Technology Review
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Smartphones May Come with Sapphire Displays in the Future started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. iancarlesimo's Avatar
      iancarlesimo -
      The above scenario indicates that there is a genuine demand in quality app development. With this reason being the motive factor, many iPhone application development companies are taking extra care to develop applications that meet the requirements of any user.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      Some corny, flashy, flossin, stinkin rich rappers and pop stars are gonna be getting diamond glass custom made for their phones... Cause they will be rich enough to have harder glass then the rest of our gorilla glass and sapphire screens...
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      So... on a $600 phone $20 is too expensive? WTF?
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      I don't know why this article never mentions the increased resistance to shattering as well as scratching.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      I don't know why this article never mentions the increased resistance to shattering as well as scratching.
      I have a few expensive watches with sapphire crystals and they can still scratch.
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Quote Originally Posted by flash66 View Post
      I have a few expensive watches with sapphire crystals and they can still scratch.
      Is the glass made entirely from sapphire? The article says that the new displays would be "made completely of sapphire."
    1. skibumstevo's Avatar
      skibumstevo -
      Quote Originally Posted by iancarlesimo View Post
      The above scenario indicates that there is a genuine demand in quality app development. With this reason being the motive factor, many iPhone application development companies are taking extra care to develop applications that meet the requirements of any user.
      -1 COMPLETELY OFF TOPIC... wtf?

      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      So... on a $600 phone $20 is too expensive? WTF?
      Yes, when the entire phone is manufactured for less the $200, that would represent MORE than 10% of the cost of the phone...just for the front glass (no LCD, etc)...no way Apple is spending $20 on the glass...NO WAY
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      Forget Sapphire Display...I want a Uranium Display!
    1. cypherstream's Avatar
      cypherstream -
      So we sometimes spend $20-$30 or more in cases and/or screen protectors.
      So I don't see an additional $20-$30 on the cost of the device a big deal if you don't need to get a pack of quality screen protectors or case.
    1. vinaygoel2000's Avatar
      vinaygoel2000 -
      Quote Originally Posted by cpotoso View Post
      So... on a $600 phone $20 is too expensive? WTF?
      $20 times 100 million phones. Do the math.
    1. luvmytj's Avatar
      luvmytj -
      Everybody knows unobtainium makes the best display screens.
    1. Tizocman's Avatar
      Tizocman -
      Quote Originally Posted by cypherstream View Post
      So we sometimes spend $20-$30 or more in cases and/or screen protectors.
      So I don't see an additional $20-$30 on the cost of the device a big deal if you don't need to get a pack of quality screen protectors or case.
      The thing is the cases and screen protectors are your cost the screen would be apples cost which would cut there profit margin by alot and apple likes to raise profit margins
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iancarlesimo View Post
      The above scenario indicates that there is a genuine demand in quality app development. With this reason being the motive factor, many iPhone application development companies are taking extra care to develop applications that meet the requirements of any user.
      Say this in a Sheldon Cooper voice looool
    1. PokemonDesigner's Avatar
      PokemonDesigner -
      I would absolutely love for apple to use a sapphire screen with the 5s. It would make buying that retarded screen a little bit better.
    1. camxposure's Avatar
      camxposure -
      I just wonder where affording the longevity pays to have a screen that will outlast the phone's depreciation after another is introduced in the market to supercede it. As a new phone will be introduced as the next best thing, only those stuck in a contractual agreement will worry how long their phone screen will last them. I thought the nature of the game was to keep up with the Jones' not increase the life of their phonez

      maybe there should be an app to remind people to handle their phone much gentler than normal- or to remind them to buy a protective case- or a nag screen???
    1. DaLsim's Avatar
      DaLsim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sage I View Post
      Some corny, flashy, flossin, stinkin rich rappers and pop stars are gonna be getting diamond glass custom made for their phones... Cause they will be rich enough to have harder glass then the rest of our gorilla glass and sapphire screens...


      +1. Not only they have Diamond glass iphone? They got Diamond glass on their house's,Car's,Boat,s N RV's... Need I Say More... They was born with a golden spoons, While we were born with a tooth picks...
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Quote Originally Posted by vinaygoel2000 View Post
      $20 times 100 million phones. Do the math.
      It is still a small fraction of total volume of 100 million phones times $600. Just because a number is big does not make it relevant without context.
    1. Breezy215's Avatar
      Breezy215 -
      Quote Originally Posted by se23 View Post
      Say this in a Sheldon Cooper voice looool
      .

      BAZINGA!!!! lol
    1. robbpell's Avatar
      robbpell -
      pass the cost onto the customer, sell a model upgrade, I promise $600 iphones will sell a lot slower than their $620 sapphire screen counter-part.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zokunei View Post
      Is the glass made entirely from sapphire? The article says that the new displays would be "made completely of sapphire."
      Completely. 8000.00 Jaeger Reverso. Sapphire is very hard but not impervious in the least.