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How an iPhone With a Sapphire Screen Could Save You Money

Say goodbye to cracked screens with this synthetic crystal already used in airplane windows and rumored to be incorporated in the next iPhone

The Apple rumor mill is buzzing about the prospect of a sapphire crystal display in the next iPhone, to be announced on Sept. 9. But what exactly is a sapphire display? And why would you want it?

According to GT advanced technologies, an Apple-backed sapphire manufacturing company, the crystal is a synthetic sapphire material. The material is used in LEDs, airplane windows, certain iPhone camera lenses and fingerprint readers.

The benefit of having a sapphire crystal display is that it would be much harder to break, making it much less likely that you’ll have to deal with a cracked iPhone screen every time you drop your phone.

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