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  • Enhanced Sapphire Glass Reportedly Lowers its Reflectivity

    A new method of dealing with sapphire is said to have lowered its reflectivity significantly finally giving mobile device manufacturers a reason to evaluate sapphire on an equal footing with traditional strengthened glass. The reflectivity of the new sapphire material is reportedly “much lower than glass” according to the folks over at DisplayMate. It isn’t a coating either according to the firm but rather a “new sapphire technology” apparently integrated into the material itself.

    DisplayMate chief Raymond Soneira said the following in a release:

    This new production ready low reflectance enhanced sapphire will undoubtedly be one of the major new advancements for smartphone displays in the very near future.
    Lowering the reflectivity of a smartphone display would allow the device to operate with a less powerful backlight and improve battery life. Furthermore, visibility in bright locations would also be improved. That being said, the new sapphire technology would need to prove itself as a major step forward for companies to switch away from Gorilla Glass, which continues to remain more shatter-resistant and less costly on a large scale. Apple’s iPad Air 2 with its glass display and antireflective coating already touts itself as having the lowest reflectance of any tablet or smartphone that DisplayMate has ever tested.

    Although Apple was rumored to be considering using sapphire for its iPhone 6 lineup, especially with its previous agreement with GT Advanced Technologies, more recent reports are claiming that sapphire was “never targeted for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.” The company does however reportedly use sapphire display covers in some versions of its forthcoming Apple Watch and relies on the material for the camera lens cover and Touch ID sensor cover in the iPhone line. The Cupertino California company also holds a variety of patents surrounding manufacturing processes for both sapphire and ion-strengthened glass.

    We’ll have to see what happens going forward.

    Source: DisplayMate via AppleInsider
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