Apple Patents Smudge-Resistant Sapphire Coating, Suggesting Displays Are On The Way

TechCrunch

Apple has filed for a patent (via AppleInsider) that adds further fuel to the fire around the possibility it will use sapphire glass for future device displays. The the new application describes how an oleophobic (oil-repelling) coating might be added to sapphire glass to make it smudge and fingerprint-resistant. So far, we’ve seen most of the evidence around Apple’s sapphire display plans come from its partnerships with third-party manufacturers, but this is a fairly direct admission it’s working on that kind of tech.

It’s more straightforward because Apple directly refers to using the coating on device displays including those for phones, tablets and other mobile hardware. Oleophobic coatings currently figure in Apple’s device, preventing the all-glass touchscreens from accruing too much in the way of grime from being constantly poked with your grubby fingers. Apple first debuted the tech in the iPhone 3GS, and has used it pretty much…

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