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Apple has not abandoned the idea of a sapphire display in the iPhone

One of the features of the iPhone 6 was supposed to be durable sapphire glass protecting the display device from mechanical damage. However, due to issues with the Apple supplier are unable to obtain a sufficient volume of sapphire crystal panels, and was forced to turn to the ion-tempered glass Ion-X. Fresh Apple patent confirms the company’s commitment to experiment with ultra-strong glass displays for the iPhone.

In the document issued by the Bureau of patents and trademarks U.S., a method for the production of sapphire glass for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and smart watches. To cut the artificially grown crystal into thin segments, the engineers propose to use a powerful laser in an inert gas environment.

Because of material defects in the resulting plate can stay dark spots, but due to passing over the surface of the second laser and the input gas mixtures with oxygen to oxidise that improve optical characteristics of the glass and the elimination of other minor flaws.

Contrary to the expectations and predictions of industry experts, the screens of the current flagship smartphones of Apple are not protected by glass from sapphire. This is due to the manufacturing partner GT Advanced, which has not coped with the task of processing the sapphire and declared bankruptcy.

It is worth noting that sapphire protect not only got the iPhone 6, but one of the varieties of “smart” clock Watch – Apple Watch Sport. Sports lineup in protecting the screen relies on strengthened glass Ion-X.

Apple uses sapphire to protect it from scratches and damages located in the Home button fingerprint scanner Touch ID and the camera lens. Apple Watch and Apple Watch Edition sapphire glass is also used for the heart rate sensor, located on the dorsum of hours.

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