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Apple files patent for smudge-resistant screens
Washington, March 28, 2014
First Published: 16:27 IST(28/3/2014)
Last Updated: 17:12 IST(28/3/2014)

Apple has reportedly filed a patent describing a process that could be used to apply an " oleophobic" coating to device displays, which means that its future gadgets would be shatter-proof.

The patent filing also mentioned of sapphire displays in phones, tablets and other portable devices.

According to the New York Post, the tech world has been buzzing over the possibility since November, when Apple signed a half a billion deal with GT Advanced Technologies to supply it with so-called sapphire glass.

However, the process is not without its share of drawbacks.

While Sapphire glass is best suited for touchscreen displays and high-end watches, its cost is considerably higher relative to popular touchscreen materials like Corning's Gorilla Glass.

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