Still No Sapphire Glass Screen?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Resist, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Seriously Apple, when are you going to give us sapphire glass screens? I'm tired of using screen protectors!
  2. Relentless Power macrumors G5

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Why are you posting a thread on something no one has control over? Are looking for feedback or are you venting?

    I do agree a saphirre screen would be an advantage, but at a premium.

    Second, from my personal experience, I don't use a case or screen protector and I have never had an issue scratching my screen. Obviously your mileage may vary from user to user.
  3. LoveMyMacPro macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2015
    I don't use a screen protector, and my screen is perfect. No scratches.
  4. FrozenInferno macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2013
    Sourcing tens of millions of full sized sapphire iPhone screens would not be easy nor cheap. Little pieces over the camera lens or home button are one thing, an entire screen is a lot to ask and the cost would be crazy.
  5. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Partly venting yes. Partly because it has been talked about in the past that Apple was going to use Sapphire glass. We have the technology, so lets start using it. Just like waterproofing, the tech for cell phones has been around for a long time, just not with Apple. Instead the iPhone 7 only gets a water resistant rating.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 9, 2016 ---
    It's not as expensive as you think. The iPhone doesn't even have Gorilla Glass 2.
  6. veedubshafer macrumors 6502

    Sep 30, 2012
  7. Resist thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    Drop your phone on the screen once and then see.
  8. Gmcube macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2009
    I was pretty much scratchless without a protector since the 3GS days. Until a few days ago when this happened to my 6.


    I guess there's a first time for everything.
  9. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    The yields for the synthetic sapphire glass was bad when they tried it out last year. Do you guys not remember the Apple backed company that was supposed to manufacture them went bust last year?
    Since then Apple scrapped the idea for the screen. Only camera lens and touch ID button for now!
  10. TheRealAlex macrumors 65816

    Sep 2, 2015

    Right the Company promised too much was Unable to meet Apples Contract and was forced out of business I think.

    Doesn't the Apple Watch Display use Sapphire Glass ?
  11. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    Yeah the watch does. The issue was the synthetic sapphire for the phone screens. They were too brittle for the size and thickness specification that Apple wanted especially with the slightly curved edge.
  12. dmx macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2008
    It's something I'm waiting anxiously for as well.

    The fact that Apple signed the deal in the first place with GT advanced - even though it didn't work out - tells me that the technology has advanced enough that it's at least close to feasible. I'd be shocked if Apple wasn't working with suppliers on bringing it to market ASAP.

    Hopefully next year for iPhone X.
  13. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    It would probably be feasible for a non 3D touch screen as less pressure would be placed on a glass.
    But I'm sure they can refine the process.
  14. redman042 macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2008
    Sapphire is too expensive, too thick, too heavy, WAY too reflective, and too brittle to compete with the latest Gorilla Glass options for smartphones.

    We'd all love a magic new break-proof screen that still excels by the other measures, but sapphire doesn't cut it. Not yet anyway.
  15. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
    It's synthetic sapphire. Not the real thing.
  16. redman042 macrumors 68020

    Jun 13, 2008
    Similar limitations.

    I have synthetic sapphire in my Apple Watch. It's perfect for the watch, but scaled up to the phone would not work. The glossiness alone is a deal-killer for a phone. It's also shatter prone, and can't be made nearly as thin as the glass. In comparison, my iPad Pro 9.7 has ion-X glass that has the lowest reflectance of any tablet, and it's great to look at. I'll take that over sapphire on a phone any day.
  17. Gathomblipoob macrumors 68040


    Mar 18, 2009
  18. bhayes444 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 13, 2013
    I think that's one way they've avoided the scratches on their device. Also, sapphire would be terrible to use a screen material if you dropped your phone. As others have pointed out it is more brittle than the glass compounds used for screens nowadays, so it would shatter much easier if dropped.
  19. puma1552 macrumors 601

    Nov 20, 2008
    won't matter, there will still be an oleophobic coating on top that is susceptible to micro scratches anyway (spare me the perfect screen anecdotes, plenty of people with worn/scratched oleophobic coatings) so ill still use screen protectors anyway
  20. MrX8503 macrumors 68000

    Sep 19, 2010
    They tried and it failed. Maybe Apple will try again in the future.
  21. LoveMyMacPro macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2015
    I did once actually-or my cat did. She knocked it off the counter and it landed face down on a tile floor. No damage. Cases with lips around the edges really are lifesavers.
  22. Steve686 macrumors 68030


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    I'm going to tell you. I had absolutely no problem scratching the sapphire screen on my Apple Watch.

    I really think the sapphire is going to be a waste of time because the phone I am using right now(Samsung S7 Edge) has only one nano scratch that you have to see in the sun. Otherwise it is flawless after no screen protector and 8 months of daily usage here in South Florida where there is an abundance of sand that could get into my pockets or anywhere else I set my phone down.
  23. caelius macrumors regular


    Dec 31, 2015
    Innsbruck, Austria
    As others already said, Sapphire would be a terrible choice for the iPhone - it may not be as prone to scratches as the ION-X, but it's much easier to shatter completely. That said, I didn't ever manage to put one single scratch on my iPhone anyway...

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