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    What company springs to mind when we're talking about smartphones with extremely scratch resistant sapphire crystal displays? Apple, with its big investment in sapphire and the multitude of rumors pointing to such a screen coming to its next-gen iPhones? Or maybe even last year's failed effort from Ubuntu, and its plans to deliver the sapphire-screened Edge? We've got one more name you should add to that list, as Kyocera drops a teaser for what sure sounds like a sapphire-screened phone of its own. We've already covered ruggedized Androids from Kyocera in the past, so it's not the biggest ...

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    As we get closer to the launch of Apple's next-generation iPhone, which we continue to dub the iPhone 6, more rumors emerge on what to expect. We've heard that Apple might bring a sapphire crystal panel to at least one of the alleged iPhone 6 models, though if you're wondering why this is worth it, you can watch our extensive introduction to sapphire. Still, it seems that Sonny Dickson got his hands on one of these panels and decided to show you just how durable it is. Sadly, even though Dickson does mention the word sapphire in the title of this video, that doesn't confirm that what he's ...

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    Apple's making sapphire. Or rather, GT Advanced Technologies is handling the production in its Arizona plant, but these materials are destined for Apple products. The only questions, really, have concerned just which devices might end up with sapphire, and what it would be used for. And while it might be nice to see sapphire protecting the displays on all of Apple's upcoming gear, could there really be enough to go around? We've already heard rumors that production issues could limit the availability of certain models, but a new analyst report says we shouldn't be fretting, and claims that ...

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    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones - but what about people with glass smartphones? Pocketnow Power User is a series of videos and articles aimed at the "average Joe", explaining core concepts that might seem confusing, even daunting. On this episode of the Pocketnow Power User, we're going to talk about the glass that covers your smartphone, tablet, or wearable. Almost all of our smartphones, tablets, and wearables have a screen. Some are very small, like on your smartwatch or Google Glass, others are very large, like on your iPad or Surface. Still more are somewhere in ...

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    We've seen very mixed rumors regarding the future display of the iPhone 6. While some have speculated that the actual glass of the display will be replaced by sapphire, others have predicted that this will be a screen protector of the higher-end iPhones with more storage. Whatever the case may be, we know that Apple has done its best to reduce the cost of each sapphire display in order to be able to complete in costs with other companies, though it seems not enough has been done. Reports indicate that the sapphire production costs are still too steep for Apple to be able to deliver enough ...

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    One of the more compelling rumors to attach itself to discussions of Apple's next generation of iPhone handsets has been that of Apple introducing a synthetic sapphire display. Actually, this is a bit more than rumor at this point, since we know about Apple's deal with GT Advanced Technologies and the sapphire furnace plant out in Arizona, leaving us just looking for confirmation that the iPhone 6 in particular will be a product that takes advantage of this material. Today we check out a new analyst report that discusses the latest happenings with GTAT and its sapphire production, claiming ...

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    With so many rumors of Apple bringing a sapphire display into its next iOS device line-up, we've heard of the continuous efforts the company is doing in order to guarantee it'll be able to deliver. The company has slowly begun to incorporate sapphire glass into things like the glass surface of the camera, or the glass surface of TouchID, but these are small steps when compared to building every single display from sapphire. Still, Apple's need to differentiate its products is big, and we're hearing more rumors of how the company plans to make this happen. Even though we still haven't seen ...

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    Apple's production of sapphire is full steam ahead, and many of us believe that the company will use it on its next generation iPhone. Still, we all know that glass gets smudged easily, and therefore we've seen the company use oleophobic coating on its display technology since the dawn of the iPhone 3GS. If you still doubted about the possibility of Apple using sapphire on its future iPhone line-up, we suggest your think again, as new patents tell us a different story. Apple has just filed a patent that brings oleophobic coating to sapphire glass. Obviously the only reason why you would ...

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    Long before anyone was talking about bringing the protection of synthetic sapphire glass to smartphone screens, the material was being used to protect the faces of high-end watches; considering how constantly exposed to the threat of damage a watch can be, using a resilient substance like sapphire made a lot of sense. But will sapphire make the transition from old “dumb” watches to also keep this latest generation of smartwatches looking good as new? That's the possibility we're considering today, upon hearing that Motorla's upcoming Android Wear-powered Moto 360 may feature just such ...

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    When you're talking about making smartphone displays that are durable enough to withstand the hell we put our phones through on a day-to-day basis, there's no name bigger than Corning. Its various iterations of Gorilla Glass over the years have protected many a smartphone, but lately the conversation’s been moving from what we can do to toughen-up glass, to what other glass-like materials might make superior screen coverings. Synthetic sapphire crystal has been dominating our imaginations, and rumors suggest that Apple could very well be ramping-up production in an effort to deliver the ...

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    With MWC wrapping-up (tomorrow is the last official day), HTC is seizing upon the opportunity to redirect our attention from all the new MWC 2014 launches to its own big launch event, the all new HTC One we expect it to reveal in just under a month, on March 25. As we try to work out some more of the details regarding this new hardware (like just what's going on with those dual rear cameras), HTC is getting a lot bolder with what it's saying about the launch event, and today publishes a teaser video where it unambiguously talks about its plans for the all new HTC One. The video starts off ...

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    Being that smartphones very rarely leave our sides, even the most ruggedized ones can incur a small amount of damage over time. Sometimes, that damage can be much, much worse. While contact with the elements – especially water – can be fatal to your handset, every smartphone still has an Achilles' heel: glass. Whether you paid $30 for a Lumia 520 on sale to upwards of $1,000 for your smartphone, no phone is entirely shatter-proof. I've seen Mil-Spec phones get shattered, as well as a Nexus 4 drop a few inches onto a tabletop to spider webbing on the back glass. That hasn't stopped some ...

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    Sometimes it's not the promise of saving money, nor the allure of a shiny device that drives you from the warm arms of your current wireless carrier - sometimes it's just a matter of standing up for what you believe in. That's the case with today's podcast guest, friend of the show and longtime Verizon Wireless customer Chris Larson, who's leaving Big Red for the much smaller T-Mobile USA due to Verizon's stance on net neutrality. On this episode of the Weekly, we'll talk to Chris and find out just what he's prepared to sacrifice, and why. Before that, though, there's an avalanche of news ...

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    Apple isn't just famous for its design and product line-up, but also because of its supply-chain business tactics. In the past you remember how hard it was for any OEM to secure flash storage, and other silicon chips from manufacturers. The company has enough cash to secure all the supplies it needs at very attractive prices, and with its new sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, it did just that as well. Apple's new sapphire manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona won't just give it exclusive rights to build its own sapphire displays. The company has just procured 518 furnaces to ...

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    We all remember Tim Cook's remarks about the reason why they bought a manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. The company is planning to make a big move into the adoption of sapphire into its product line-up, though Cook wasn't specific on when we'd see this happen. The cool thing is that it's hard to keep those plans a secret with all the government approval the company has to go through, and these details just surfaced. The project is being dubbed Operation Cascade, and in a nutshell, it seems this will focus mainly on the next-generation iPhone. Reports have it that Foxconn has already ...

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