New Apple screen hint with sapphire display

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It looks like Apple could be set to introduce new screens to their future devices, with a sapphire display being hinted at. The new Apple screens are reportedly being made of ‘unbreakable’ sapphire-crystal glass, toughening up the durability of their future products.

The iPhone in particular has suffered terribly with cracked screens, easily splintering after a bad drop onto a hard surface. These new displays would be a welcomed addition to future Apple devices, the iPad in particular too. These new claims come from 9to5mac who have discovered a large order Apple has placed with GT Advanced Technologies for chambers and furnaces which make the sapphire-crystal displays.

Looking further down the line, it is possible that Apple would want to incorporate these sturdy new screens into the iPhone 6 and other devices they plan to release in 2014. The report claims that the order Apple has placed would allow them to manufacture between 103-106 million screens per year; this could rise to 200 million with the order of more machines to increase production.

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Whilst we can’t take these claims for granted, it appears likely that Apple plan to make their hardware stronger, starting with the screen. Sapphire-crystal is already used on one of Apple’s products, the iPhone 5S TouchID fingerprint sensor is made from the laser-cut sturdy material.

You can see just how strong sapphire-crystal glass is in the video below, resisting scratches against a concrete block. The iPhone 5 was unscathed which is a great sign, it would also have been interesting to see how resistant the glass was against the block being dropped on to the display. There has been a recent outbreak of iPhone screen cracking, linked to the release of Flappy Bird.

Do you believe Apple will upgrade their displays with sapphire-crystal and do you think this is an issue that needs addressing on the next iPhone and iPad?

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