Apple Patents Sapphire Display Technology
Apple has sent in a couple of new applications with the USPTO and reportedly Apple patents the sapphire glass display and elements for use in production of mobile phones. What exactly has been patented regarding the sapphire glass? Well, Apple has patented the way in which the sapphire glass is made to make displays stronger, the method to create illuminated buttons with the material and a way to embed the markings beneath a layer of sapphire.
It’s interesting that this has occurred just as a video of the iPhone 6’s screen cover being unbreakable to a good amount of bending abuse. The documents filed with the USPTO by the tech typhoon tallies exactly to what is being shown in the video. The main aim in the sapphire glass being added is to give the mobile phone a screen resistant to impact and to make it more durable. The display screen is made stronger by tempering the glass or heating or lasering precise areas to selectively enhance durability. This just shows that Apple has been thinking about this issue of cracked display screens and a solution to overcome it.
There is also a patent for buttons and rockers made of sapphire. The documents explains methods to make the physical controls of an iPhone out of sapphire. Note that the iPhone 5s’ home button is already made of sapphire glass. This patent application takes it to a whole new level by patenting techniques to apply this to the other buttons of the phone. The American tech giant in addition, has included a patent for embedding markings within sapphire, making it highly legible but also not prone to wear from elements or repeated use.
All this points to making a mobile phone predominantly made by sapphire glass. Whether this is for the iPhone 6 is a mystery however. Apple is expected to incorporate the sapphire glass somehow in this version of the iPhone 6.
But, just to enhance the curiosity about the strength of the sapphire glass, we’ve actually included a video where someone allegedly successfully broke Apple’s indestructible sapphire glass. The video shows the person unsuccessfully attempting to shatter the glass by hammering it and using a blade. He did succeed however, when he ran it over with his car. We’re not quite sure if this video is real or fake. Here, you be the judge and let us know what you think in the comment box below!