Feeds

Help! Apple has snaffled the WHOLE WORLD'S supply of sapphire glass

Ubuntu chief: We wanted it for our mobes and they took it ALL

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Apple's appetite for sapphire glass is so voracious that it has bought up enough of the display material to keep a lesser company going for three years, it has been claimed.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu haus Canonical, said that his firm's attempts to buy sapphire glass for its Ubuntu Edge smartphones had been hampered by Cupertino's greed.

It is likely that Apple is planning to use the super-tough, scratch-resistant sapphire glass in the next range of iThings or perhaps a new range of products. The fruity firm and its partner GT Advanced Technologies are building a factory in Mesa, Arizona, packed full of advanced sapphire glass production facilities capable of knocking out between 100 and 200 million iPhone displays a year.

Sidestepping the fact that crowdfunding for the "superphone" had failed dismally, Shuttleworth used an online discussion to moan about Apple's new sapphire fetish.

"Apple just snapped up the entire three-year supply of the same sapphire display we wanted for the Edge," Shuttleworth said.

He also claimed Cupertino drew influence from the abandoned Ubuntu.

"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?" he asked. "Apple has also started describing their latest-generation mobile CPUs as desktop-class. That's another thing we said we needed to have in the Edge, 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 to put in the Edge."

Video recording of the Google Hangout where Shuttleworth made his comments.

Complaint: Watch Mark Shuttleworth comment on the lack of sapphire glass for Ubuntu smartphones (starting at 30.40)

Apple uses sapphire glass for the fingerprint scanners and camera on its iPhone 5S. Fanbois are hoping to see the material on a brand new range of shiny happy iThings, including phones, fondleslabs and possibly even the fabled iWatch. ®

Using blade systems to cut costs and sharpen efficiencies

More from The Register

next story
Report: American tech firms charge Britons a thumping nationality tax
Without representation, too. Time for a Boston (Lincs) Macbook Party?
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple ran off to IBM
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Apple gets patent for WRIST-PUTER: iTime for a smartwatch
It does everything a smartwatch should do ... but Apple owns it
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad
Apple's fondleslab is the tablet dermatitis sufferers won't want to take
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
For Lenovo US, 8-inch Windows tablets are DEAD – long live 8-inch Windows tablets
Reports it's killing off smaller slabs are greatly exaggerated
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.