News has been swirling around Apple and the possibility of sapphire crystal screens being used on the next iPhone. Well, the rumors have come to a close today with the recent announcement that Apple has secured exclusive sapphire glass production.
I know what you’re all thinking. ‘Great news! Sapphire glass is going to be absolutely amazing on the next iPhone! I can’t wait to have crystal on my phone!’ OK. Maybe two or three of you are thinking that. If you’re like me, you’re actually thinking something along the lines of, ‘What the heck is sapphire glass and why is this a good thing for the next iPhone?’ After weeks of rumors I finally decided to find out what this mysterious glass is why it’s so great. Turns out, sapphire glass is pretty awesome. I’ll list a few of the stand-out points, but check out this article from theguardian.com to get the full scoop.
- Sapphire is going to be incredibly scratch resistant. The hardness of any type of material is rated in Mohs, where talc is rated as 1 Mohs and a diamond is 10 Mohs. Sapphire crystal is rated at 9 Mohs, making it only slightly less hard than a diamond. There will be nothing in your front pocket other than a concealed engagement ring that could scratch this screen.
- Currently, sapphire crystals are used to operate lasers.
- Your iPhone screen will not be colored like most sapphire crystals. Any color in a crystal is because of an impurity in the stone. The sapphire screens will have all impurities removed.