Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth has reported that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has acquired a large supply of sapphire displays. This indicates that the next-generation iPhone would have sapphire displays. Shuttleworth reported the news during a Town Hall Hangout on Wednesday. Shuttleworth knew this because they were planning on using sapphire displays on the Ubuntu Edge smartphone (pictured above).
“Apple just snapped up three year’s worth of the supply of sapphire screens from the company that we had engaged to make the screens for the Edge,” said Shuttleworth. “Isn’t it interesting that how many of the things we said the future needed to include are showing up on other people’s roadmaps…Apple has also started describing their latest-generation mobile CPUs as desktop-class. That’s another thing we said we need to have in the Edge was a desktop-class CPU. And we’re starting to see the roadmaps for the devices from Samsung and others that have the same amount of RAM we were proposing for the Edge.”
The Edge is expected to have 4GB of RAM, 128GB storage, dual-booting Android and Ubuntu operating system, and 4.5-inch sapphire display.
Apple uses sapphire for the cover glass on the iPhone 5s rear camera and Touch ID fingerprint scanner.
In Mesa, Arizona, Apple signed a deal with GT Advanced Technology for building sapphire displays at a facility there.