Apple bought years' worth sapphire screens, reveals Canonical CEO

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Rumors that Apple will turn to pricey but high quality sapphire for displays in its future devices are looking less and less like reports.

Now Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth has actually claimed openly that Apple has bought a big supply of sapphire displays. And exactly how’d he understand?

‘Apple just purchased 3 years’ worth of the supply of sapphire displays from the company that we’d engaged to make the screens for the Edge,’ Shuttleworth said in a city center meeting discussing Canonical’s proposed high-end Ubuntu smartphone.

Of course, the Edge missed its Kickstarter objective by $20 million (about ₤ 12m/AU$22m), so why should not Apple swoop in on its sapphire deal for the iPhone 6’s benefit?

Bitter much?

Shuttleworth does seem sort of bitter, though. ‘Is not really it interesting that how many of things we shared the future needed to include are showing up on other people’s roadmaps?’ he asked.

He continued, ‘Apple likewise has started explaining their latest-generation mobile CPUs as desktop-class. That’s another thing we said we’d to have in the Edge was a desktop-class CPU.

‘And we are starting to see the roadmaps for the gadgets from Samsung and others that have the exact same amount of RAM that we were proposing to put in the Edge.’

Apple and sapphire sitting in a tree

Apple currently made use of sapphire in the rear video camera lens glass and the finger print sensing unit home button on the iPhone 5S, but rumors that its love for the difficult stone may go much additional began in November.

In January an unearthed patent disclosed that Apple can make use of sapphire on more than recently screens, including sticking it on processors and other components.

Apple CEO Tim Cook the very next day validated the business’s interest in an Arizona plant dabbling with sapphire, though unsurprisingly would not get into specifics.

Meanwhile, although they mightn’t be the killer Edge that Canonical visualized, the first Ubuntu smartphones look most likely to attack establishments in 2014.