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If you were among the iPhone users hoping that Apple would switch to sapphire crystal displays over their existing (and breakable) Gorilla Glass displays, we're going to have to disappoint you. According to German news site Tages-Anzeiger, Apple has already tested the sapphire crystal displays and found them unsuitable for mass production.
Oddly enough, this news came from Perry Oosting, the COO of a British luxury phone company, who believes that Apple and other smartphone manufacturers should be moving away from mass production. Instead, he believes, they should be making luxury phones to "escape the technology arms race." (One can only wonder what he thinks about the still-rumored plastic iPhones.)
As MacRumors reports, though, Corning, who develops the Gorilla Glass used with iPhones, believes that sapphire crystal displays are inferior to Gorilla Glass in multiple ways. Among the benefits of Gorilla Glass, according to Corning, are its "greater strength, lower weight, less energy cost in production, and lower pricing."
That's not to say that elements of sapphire crystal aren't already included in your iPhone. Apparently Apple uses it as a cover for the rear camera lens in order to prevent scratches from interfering with your photos, and the next iPhone is rumored to have a sapphire crystal home button to complement its fingerprint scanner.
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