Apple will use sapphire home buttons on the new iPad and iPad mini, expected to launch next month, according to a report from DigiTimes. The report goes on to note that Apple may be looking to adopt sapphire for the front screen of the next iPhone to be launched in 2014. The most likely reason for a sapphire home button would be to add the Touch ID fingerprint sensor to the iPad, while a sapphire screen for the iPhone, while likely being an extremely expensive part, would make the screen virtually immune to scratching. A previous report suggested that Apple and other smartphone manufacturers looked at using sapphire for smartphone screens but found the material was unsuitable for high-volume production. A redesigned iPad and Retina iPad mini are expected to launch next month. Article Link: Sapphire Home Buttons Coming to New iPads?