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Apple Doubles Down on Sapphire Technology

If you have a smartphone, you would notice that the surface of your phone is made out of glass. Yes, that clear crystalline surface where you could see the display of your apps and that you can tap to make certain things happen in your phone— simple enough right. Well, it looks like Apple is going to be mixing things up quite a bit when it comes to the surface glass of your mobile device. Apple has gotten into a deal worth around $578M regarding the manufacture of sapphire. When people think of sapphire, they normally think of this gemstone that looks really awesome and makes a great gift especially for a wife or girlfriend when mounted on a gold ring. However, there is such a thing as synthetic sapphire and it has qualities that Apple and other mobile device makers should be excited about.

What’s to love about the synthetic sapphire? First and foremost, it is extremely strong. This is a glass-like substance that is very strong. How strong? It has a nine rating on the 10. HMOS scale. If diamonds are tough, sapphire is very close. Why is this a big deal? If you have ever put your mobile phone in your pants’ pocket or in your purse and there’s keys and other sharp metal objects jangling around there, you’re running the risk of scratching the surface of your smartphone. Of course, like most consumers you’re probably smart enough to get a nice case for your mobile device. Be that as it may, the dangerous surface scratching is all too present. In fact, repeated use can scratch it in many different circumstances.

The second reason why Apple is excited about software is that synthetic sapphire can be made so that it is colorless. You wouldn’t want a blue or a purple surface for your Smartphone, right? Unless your name is Prince, a purple smartphone is probably not very appetizing. The good news is that synthetic sapphire can be made colorless. A piece of bad news regarding this amazing material is that it’s very hard and very heavy. If you want to build mobile devices, you want them to be light and sleek as possible and heavyweight doesn’t fit those plans. The good news is that the sapphire is so strong on a per unit basis that Apple can pair off several layers so that it can come up with a very thin strand of sapphire that can still hold up due to the strength of the device.

In terms of photo reception and sensitivity, this substance holds its own compared to Corning’s Gorilla Glass and other options in the market. No wonder, Apple bought $578M worth of this substance. It is quite exciting and it definitely throws the ball right back into Samsung’s court. Samsung, however, hasn’t been lying down. As we have reported, it has been working on curved surfaces so Samsung is doing more than its fair share in innovation. Considering how cut throat this space is, it can’t afford not to.

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