American multinational company Apple always remains in headlines, with media and analysts watching every move it takes and continuously predicting what it may lead to. The recent report came from a site Patently Apple, according to which Apple has recently received a patent in the creation of flexible sapphire displays made with the usage of liquid metal. The patent describes wrap-around displays that will be probably used in future for manufacturing of Apple devices.
Various shapes for wrap-around display were described by the patent which includes an elongated rectangle and hollow cylinder. The shape of the crystal seed would decide the shape of the display which is being created. The creation process for this kind of displays is very tedious; however in simple manner it can be understood as a process in which extraction of a sapphire crystal seed is done by using a crucible filled with molten liquid aluminum. The shape of the display would depend on the shape of the crystal seed. From couple of years, Apple is increasingly showing interest in this field which includes advanced sapphire displays.
Apple has already used sapphire in its last release which goes by the name iPhone 5S, the Touch ID fingerprint scanner sensor was covered by sapphire. In November 2013, to progress in this technology Apple even bought a sapphire display manufacturing company called as GT Advanced Technologies. There were even rumors for certain period of time that Apple may replace the Gorilla Glass display made by Corning which is used in iPhone for display protection by a sapphire display as sapphire is known to be virtually scratch resistant and dust proof.
Future of Sapphire display
In near future there is a probability that all other devices may also start coming with a sapphire display instead of corning Gorilla Glass which is nowadays generally used in every other Smartphone for screen protection. There are also rumors that the upcoming iPhone 6, which will be next release from Apple in its iPhone series line up, might come with a sapphire display instead of Corning Gorilla Glass. However, Apple may take long time in using all types of the wrap-around displays which can be seen in this patent.
Nevertheless, in a concept design made for the upcoming iPhone 6 from Apple we saw such wrap-around displays which points that Apple fans are already interested in such kind of technology with which such type of displays are possible. Apple can also use such type of displays in manufacturing of watches, which will be called iWatch that was being rumored from a long time.
With the filing of such patent Apple for once will be following its top rival Samsung in smartphone market as Samsung has previously manufactured Galaxy Round with such curved display and even LG has used the same display in G Flex Smartphone. However, Apple may come up with better products as compared to them as it has been always known for new innovations in the field of technology.