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03-22-2013, 02:37 AM #1
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.
One thing we do know is that we'll find out by being patient.
Source: MIT Technology Review
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03-22-2013, 02:47 AM #2
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.
03-22-2013, 03:21 AM #3
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...
03-22-2013, 08:11 AM #4
So... on a $600 phone $20 is too expensive? WTF?
03-22-2013, 08:26 AM #5
I don't know why this article never mentions the increased resistance to shattering as well as scratching.
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03-22-2013, 10:20 AM #9
Forget Sapphire Display...I want a Uranium Display!
03-22-2013, 03:25 PM #10
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.
03-22-2013, 04:33 PM #11
03-22-2013, 04:43 PM #12
Everybody knows unobtainium makes the best display screens.
03-22-2013, 04:58 PM #13
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03-22-2013, 07:52 PM #15
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.
03-22-2013, 08:25 PM #16
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???
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03-23-2013, 12:22 AM #20
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.Yeah, you'll be the coolest person in the room when you pull one out and show it around, but that gets old fast when three other people have them and one person somehow has one that glows in the dark.
John C. Dvorak
The American columnist and broadcaster in article 'Rethinking the iPhone' in PC Magazine.