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Apple may have gone the farthest along in commercializing sapphire as its new Messa, Arizona plant starts churning out first batches of sapphire crystal, but rivals are not standing still.

Now key players are taking notice and some are taking action, in particular Korea’s Samsung and LG.

The fast-follower Samsung, along with consumer electronics makers LG, is said to be reconsidering its stance on the feasibility of using sapphire in mobile devices. This right there tells me Tim Cook & Co. have been right all along to gamble on sapphire and invest hundreds of millions of dollars in manufacturing facilities to secure multi-year output of the material…

GforGames cites Korean media reports making claims that Samsung and LG have both requested samples from sapphire glass manufacturers after initially rejecting the material last year due to the high cost of production.

This year however, the aforementioned Korean tech giants might be forced by the industry to reconsider their decision.

With numerous other gadget manufacturers putting a lot of thought into making sapphire glass feasible, and with Apple already operating the sapphire glass processing plant in US, Arizona, LG and Samsung are supposedly going to jump on the sapphire display bandwagon sooner rather than later.

Samsung’s change of heart is quite telling in light of its purchase of a 7.4 percent ownership stake in Corning last year. Corning, as you know, is the maker of the iPhone cover glass.

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The Mesa, Arizona plant’s large main structure.

So what has happened between last year and 2014?

Apple, that’s what!

The iPhone maker last month began sending first sapphire shipments to China as it started expanding operations at the sophisticated Arizona plant. The development must have shocked Samsung – and Corning in particular, which publicly dissed sapphire as heavy and environmentally unfriendly.

It’s still unclear what Apple will use the material for, but some have pointed to a curved-glass wearable device (hint: iWatch) due to the material’s high scratch resistance.

Others speculate that the next iPhone(s) – or perhaps only the high-end, 5.5-inch model – will use thin sapphire sheets to make the cover glass stronger and less prone to breaking.

Currently, Apple uses sapphire crystal to protect the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID sensor as well as camera lens on mobile devices. Apple’s deal with a company called GT Advanced that runs the Arizona plant is exclusive and secures the Cupertino firm three years’ worth of sapphire glass.

  • Merman123

    Monkey see, monkey do.

    • Jonathan

      LOL I was going to post the exact same thing.

    • Sachin

      hahahahahahaha. 😀

    • Your Mother

      right, like the soon to be released 4.7″ display iPhone, iWatch and iPhablet. smh.

  • Diego

    once again everyone is trying to copy Apple

    • BozzyB

      They have to. Because they know that there are people like you who think everything what Apple does is the new trend – even if it’s ridiculous or not needed.

      • Jeffrey

        they don’t have to-_-. you don’t see apple copying Amoled screens or dual camera’s?

      • Carlos Gomes

        Or adding a totally unnecessary sort of camera to get a heartbeat reading when the main camera and flash can do it.

      • Jeffrey

        hahah yeah:P

      • Diego

        ahahah say everything Jeffrey
        They always copy apple because know that they doing the best stuffs. They don’t need copy the safira glass, they are doing because now that apple is using, they see the potential too.

      • Jeffrey

        yeah but why? why don’t they stick to gorilla glass? they are ruining their own image and they know it

      • grumpyfuzz

        duo cameras – they haven’t released a new product since they were introduced by htc, so how do you know they aren’t going to copy it. And by the way, 100% apple doesn’t copy anything.

      • Jeffrey

        ofcourse i can’t be sure, but im 95% sure because of huge amounts of rumours and leaks of the iphone 6

  • jp2002

    Aww. bad news for gorilla glass and investors who invested in corning.

  • sosarozay300

    lol apple comes out with something new > samsung copies > lg copies

  • Carlos Gomes

    In a couple of months we are gonna get “Yeah, cause Apple invented sapphires!2!2” all the time.
    It’s a mere coincidence that lots of features appear of the iPhone before they do on other brands’ products.

    • Yeah, just like lots of features appear on Android phones before they do on the iPhone, yet asinine fanboys always turn a blind eye to that when it happens vise-versa.

  • leart

    Never ending story :))

  • XboxOne

    Like always copying Apple.

  • Luis Martinez

    First paragraph, you guys put in an extra “s” in Mesa. 🙂

  • quitcherbichinn

    Shocking!

  • Dan

    Trying to get some flame wars going to compensate for slow news day I see.

  • Obsidian Ghost

    The same way how apple are eyeing larger screens (something they previously labeled as a bad move). Definitely monkey see monkey do

    • Kurt

      Apple copying Samsung again. Just like S-Health, etc

  • Of course Samsung would copy Apple.