Apple gets patent on sapphire displays with an oleophobic coating

Apple gets patent on sapphire displays with an oleophobic coating
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.

The oleophobic coating on the display has been a staple of the iPhone since it first appeared on the 3Gs. So, it's not much of a surprise that Apple would want to keep that streak going. And, if Apple is going to stop using Gorilla Glass in favor of sapphire glass, it seems that the method of adding that coating will have to change. The theory is that because sapphire glass has a crystal structure, the coating can't bond in the same way. 

Of course, Apple has sorted out how that coating can be applied, and with that discovery, filed for a patent on the process in September of last year. The patent was granted today by the USPTO, which would give Apple plenty of time to use sapphire glass in its next set of iPhones. 

source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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39 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

The USPTO is so damn corrupt it's not even funny.

6. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 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: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Uspto is trolling the industry with patent grants, not just apple

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

VERY DAMN CORRUPT

2. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

I feel sorry for Corning.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Does apple use corning gorilla glass, I don't think so because iPhone's screen break easily.

29. stealthd unregistered

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: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

But I don't see Nokia screen break. Poor apple make cheap quality products. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=E3c8il_Q6SU

38. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 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: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 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: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 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: 486; Member since: May 15, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Apple isn't going to use a duo camera on their phone that's for sure.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

10. Topcat488

Posts: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 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: 17417; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

25. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

-1 for you James

33. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 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: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 383; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Sapphire is expensive. Very true statement.

27. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 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: 1416; Member since: Sep 29, 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. :)

11. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Let the muggings begin!

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Can't activate stolen iphone without icloud username/password broseph.

15. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

So no iPhones get stolen? Thieves aren't the smartest people on earth.

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3299; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

may be they are not but the buyer of stolen phones are

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