Apple gets patent on sapphire displays with an oleophobic coating
0. phoneArena 27 Mar 2014, 15:02 posted on
Based on everything that we've been hearing for quite a while now, Apple absolutely loves sapphire displays. And, based on what we know of the company and the products it has put out over the years, Apple hates that humans have oil in their hands. We're sure Apple and Co. would prefer to get a patent on bioengineering humans with no hand oils, but instead it has a patent on sapphire displays with an oleophobic coating...
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1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8798; Member since: 14 May 2012)
The USPTO is so damn corrupt it's not even funny.
6. james004 (Posts: 482; Member since: 15 May 2013)
apple doesnt innovate, but when it does. it trolls the industry with stupid patents.
who even passes these? do they have express procedure for apple? where they dont give a dam about what patent includes?
36. vincelongman (Posts: 1555; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I don't see how that should even be patent-able
I mean everyone already coating Gorilla Glass
Also Vertu has been using sapphire for their phone screens for years, they're probably already coating them as well
13. sprockkets (Posts: 1301; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
I don't know, this is just an application. But PA can't be smart enough to see that.
Where is the patent number? Oh wait, there isn't one CAUSE IT ISN'T A GRANT. They just made the application public, that's all.
16. Ashoaib (Posts: 2356; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Uspto is trolling the industry with patent grants, not just apple
23. akki20892 (Posts: 3603; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Does apple use corning gorilla glass, I don't think so because iPhone's screen break easily.
29. stealthd (Posts: 973; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)
They do use Corning's glass. They were actually the first company to do so.
I see broken Android phones all the time, I don't know what would make you think there's more broken iPhones except for bias.
30. akki20892 (Posts: 3603; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
But I don't see Nokia screen break. Poor apple make cheap quality products.
38. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)
People say they do but I've yet to see any actual proof that they do or have. Even on the Corning website it doesn't list any of the iOS devices, which you'd think they would want to do. Based on the scratches I've seen on many iPhone 4 and 4Ss, I'm not inclined to believe they do. Someone on here must have some source that actually proves it.
24. camera531 (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
I don't, because this will ensure that the other OEM'S continue to use them. It's actually good news for them.
3. amats69 (Posts: 1123; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
iphone 6...the last flagship this year whom im waiting before i upgrade from my htc one...hopefully apple will "wow" us this time...looking forward for an iphone with at least 4.7 display and max to 5"....
7. james004 (Posts: 482; Member since: 15 May 2013)
apple and htc has close relations now. you can see both companies sharing ideas these days. so if you want to know whats coming next iphone, look towards htc and where htc +1s iphone and viseversa.
i think its a good partnership.
htc needs a strong partner and apple needs someone who can innovate for them.
9. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8798; Member since: 14 May 2012)
Apple isn't going to use a duo camera on their phone that's for sure.
21. tedkord (Posts: 5079; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
10. Topcat488 (Posts: 1169; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Apple gets $8-to-$12 per HTC phone sold, so yeah Apple will be friends with anyone they can control i guess... Maybe in the future you'll see a Apple/HTC repeat of what Micro$oft did to Nokia... O.o
22. tedkord (Posts: 5079; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That's never been confirmed. We really don't know how much money is exchanged. Apple needed access to LTE patents because Samsung had them. This might not be costing them much at all.
33. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)
You are right.
HTC and Apple have made contract.
And play together against their biggest ENEMY.
HTC also use the apple's propaganda, and we can see that. Poor HTC, though. They try to be Apple , but forget that they have not the Apple's army of zombies(that everyone have also APPL stock, to care about)
17. Ashoaib (Posts: 2356; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
No manufacturer can wow us at the moment, thats why apple is going sapphire, diamond, marble, granite bla bla... o
4. SamDroid (unregistered)
"Yeah, we now have Sapphire screens for you!"says Apple. "that'll be another $99 please..."
5. troutsy (Posts: 281; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)
Sapphire is expensive. Very true statement.
27. Finalflash (Posts: 1865; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)
But it is about as strong as gorilla glass. On a larger screen it will shatter just as easily, and as youtube videos about the home button show, it scratches just as easily.
19. Ashoaib (Posts: 2356; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
I will not spend that extra money, Not for apple, a mid range phone... I will prefer high ender which gives more value for money... seems like chinese are coming with good stuff this year in lower prices
8. Topcat488 (Posts: 1169; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
With the next iphone coming with a larger screen and sapphire glass the iphone 6 will cost about $900.00 for 8GB, $1,000.00 for 16GB, and $1,150.00 for 32GB oh $1,300.00 for 64GB. Yeah, after this year owning a iphone WILL get its status symbol back... O.o
My 40" Smart TV from Samsung costed $498.00 with tax. :)
12. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
Can't activate stolen iphone without icloud username/password broseph.
15. PBXtech (Posts: 980; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)
So no iPhones get stolen? Thieves aren't the smartest people on earth.
20. Ashoaib (Posts: 2356; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
may be they are not but the buyer of stolen phones are
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 12333; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
As usual you say the most incorrect stuff. Stop hating, and let it flow. Cell phone generally are more expensive than tv's topcoat, topcap.
39. Topcat488 (Posts: 1169; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)
Apple started the trend just like they're trying to do with their smart tv set darkhideous, darksh#tty.
14. camera531 (Posts: 169; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)
Well, if you can patent a rectangle, I guess you can patent anything. What a joke! Although hopefully this keeps Corning busy with the rest of the OEM's because they're glass is great (and more than adequate).
28. darkkjedii (Posts: 12333; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Get it in apple. I'll be first in line for this puppy, camping out at At&t as usual. Coffee, doughnut, and wifey.
31. gigaraga (Posts: 1357; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
Wouldn't sapphire glass be expensive and hard to produce? Well there goes the price of the iPhone...it'll probably skyrocket...
32. darkkjedii (Posts: 12333; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Can you produce it? If not, hush and let the big dawg work.
35. vincelongman (Posts: 1555; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
I watched a video sometime last year by one of the major companies involved in maaking sapphire
They said that a sapphire glass costs ~$30 to make, and they were aiming at ~$15 by this year
And Gorilla Glass (can't remember if 2 or 3) cost ~$3
34. nlbates66 (Posts: 311; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
patent rubbish aside, I'm interested to see how well apple get sapphire to work as with a display, since sapphire apparently isn't as transparent as gorilla glass 3 they may have to work out a way to make sure it doesn't affect display visibility(I don't think they're the kind of company that would just try and brute force past it with display brightness).
37. blattlaus (Posts: 60; Member since: 12 Dec 2010)
Please correct the headline- Apple was not granted a patent for sapphire displays with an oleophobic coating. They were granted a patent on a process to apply an oleophobic coating to a sapphire display. While the first would be a BS patent, the second is a legitimate innovation.