Mark Shuttleworth: Apple bought “three years’ worth of the supply of sapphire screens”

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Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth has publicly revealed that Apple has bought boat load of sapphire screens from the same company it was talking to for making screens for its Edge smartphone.

During the public town hall meeting discussion, a question was posed: “Do you think that the Ubuntu Edge will ever exist?” This was directed to Shuttleworth and in reply Canonical founder said that Edge was a device that pulled the future into palm of users’ hands.

Shuttleworth went onto pose a counter question: “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?”

Answering his own question and seemingly taking a dig at Cupertino, Shuttleworth said, “Apple just snapped up three years’ worth of the supply of sapphire screens from the company that we had engaged to make the screens for the Edge.”

He went onto say that Apple has started referring to the processors on its latest iPhone as desktop class CPU and that it was another thing that Ubuntu Edge was going to have. Shuttleworth also revealed that other vendors including Samsung have started to put in large amount of RAM in their devices, which Ubuntu Edge would have had if it would have been released.

Jump to 30:40 on the video timeline [below] to hear Shuttleworth talk about Apple.