A Japanese company by the name of Oji has developed the fabrication technology of patterned sapphire substrates (PSS) for LEDs which improves the performance of front luminance of LEDs by more than double compared to that of LEDs with non-structured sapphire substrate, by applying the technique of precise coating with fine particles. The technology will come to market in 2016. Some of the applications for this material include LED backlighting, a means of providing large displays with a way of increasing the number of colors it can display, car lighting, military applications and much more. Whether this technology will ever be used by Apple in future products is unknown at this time. However, the benefits of it just might catch Apple's R&D team's interest enough to get them to do a little more investigating into how this could apply to future sapphire applications that they may have in mind.
Patently Apple would like to wish all of our fans, friends and industry colleagues from around the globe a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Whatever is beautiful; whatever is meaningful; whatever brings you happiness; may it be yours this holiday season and throughout the coming year. Cheers!
In the blink of an eye another year has gone by and Patently Apple would like to wish our US fanbase a very Happy Thanksgiving. This holiday has always been a time of reflection for me and this year I'm thankful for a speedy recovery after my emergency surgery earlier this month. There are so many things to be thankful for in life, and I hope that you and your loved ones have much to be thankful for this year too. To all of our fans and visitors, Cheers!
I wanted to take a moment to inform Patently Apple's fan base that I underwent emergency surgery on November 02, 2013. I'll be starting back with a reduced work schedule sometime next week until I get the green light to return full time from my surgeon. One specialty report that was all but finished prior to my surgery will be published later this week.
Patently Apple's new iDevice Home Page Button is now ready for download. I'd like to thank TypePad's service/help desk representative Colleen for going beyond the call of duty in assisting me in getting these new buttons out in record time this week. One of our Patently Apple fans by the name of Alex sent me an email this week showing me his iPhone home screen. When I saw our old Light Bulb Button next to other buttons I simply cringed and knew it had to be replaced immediately (Ha!). Thanks for the push Alex. I'd also like to thank another one of our fans from Norway by the name of Terry who asked us to adopt Disqus for our comment section. Both changes were implemented in the last 48 hours. I greatly appreciate constructive feedback and, when we can make changes, we will. Cheers!
One of Samsung's latest patent applications reveals various aspects of their ongoing work with walking motions for next generation robots. What the patent doesn't tell you is that Samsung is creating an army of their next generation D-Copycat robots that will incorporate a Siri-like feature.