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Tuesday Apple Rumors: Fused Glass Patent, Sapphire Displays and More

Fused glass housing could be used for large and small devices


Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:

apple, aaplSapphire: Due to videos posted on Monday, it’s rumored that Apple (AAPL) with be using sapphire display cover glass on the iPhone 6, reports CNET. Two videos showing off what the users claim to be a sapphire display cover have been posted to YouTube. One video shows a person bending the display cover and showing off how flexible it is while the other has the person recording trying to scratch the cover with keys and a knife. One of the people in the video went so far as to claim that the sapphire display cover was a part of the iPhone 6 that was straight from the assembly line.

Maps: Apple is reportedly testing its “Find My iPhone” app on the beta website. The beta website is switching back and forth between using data from Google (GOOG) Maps and the company’s own map service, MacRumors notes. However, the public version of iCloud is still just using data from Google Maps. This could change with the launch of iOS 8, which is rumored to bring updates to Apple Maps in the form of indoor mapping.

Glass: Apple was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Monday for fused glass housing devices, reports AppleInisder. The patent is No. 8,773,848 and it credits Peter Russell-Clarke, Michael K. Pilliod and SVP of Design Jony Ive as its inventors. The patent describes using fused glass to create housing devices for small and large electronics. It includes seamless fused glass that can have holes carved into it for buttons and other peripherals. It also mentions the ability to leave the glass transparent to show of the insides of the devices or turn it opaque to hide the insides.

For more about the company, check out our previous Apple Rumors stories.

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