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Apple News: The Story on Those Sapphire Screens

Apple is expected to release products with Sapphire screens. But how it's not clear (no pun intended) if those screens will be in the iPhone 6 or an iWatch (or both.) Some clues as to how Apple could be making those screens have popped up on Gizmodo.

There's always a tradeoff when choosing technology. Sapphire is hard—just a tad below diamond—so it should prevent scratches. But it can also be brittle. And Apple's biggest problem has been cracks due to drops. They've done well up to now with Corning's Gorilla Glass when it comes to scratches, so they may be using a hybrid system with Sapphire coating on glass screens. For a good technical discussion as to how this could be possible, check out this article from the MIT Technology Review.

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.