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Lack of sapphire glass orders indicates Gorilla Glass for the Apple iPhone 6?

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Lack of sapphire glass orders indicates Gorilla Glass for the Apple iPhone 6?
Not that long ago, we showed you a video revealing how the alleged front panel for the Apple iPhone 6 can get easily scratched by sandpaper. That video seemed to rule out the use of sapphire glass by Apple for the iPhone 6. And that is confirmed by analysts from Trendforce, who say that they have yet to see enough orders make their way through the sapphire glass supply chain, to indicate that Apple will be using the material on its new models.

Because Apple is so big, it has footprints like an elephant in a market like this. The Register, another supply chain tracker, also sees no increase in the manufacture of sapphire glass. In addition, analysts see no drop off in orders at Corning, the company that produces Gorilla Glass. Apple currently employs Gorilla Glass on its iPhone displays.

Of course, one could argue that because Apple has its own factory in Mesa that will supposedly turn out sapphire glass, perhaps this would preclude certain data from showing up in the analysts' records. In February, we told you that Apple had purchased enough sapphire crystal furnaces to produce large Apple iPhone screens for 200 million units.

Or, as other analysts have suggested, Apple will use a sapphire glass screen on its higher priced models like the 128GB 4.7 inch Apple iPhone 6. Connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has said that the 64GB 5.5 inch Apple iPhone phablet might be the only model that financially could take advantage of sapphire glass.

source: Forbes

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posted on 29 Jul 2014, 18:15 4

1. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


OMG! This is so exciting! Wow! This phone is going to be epic!!!!!! /s

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 19:12 6

5. rromerof (Posts: 37; Member since: 28 Nov 2012)


OMG!! Wow! I'm too excited either! The same thing with a 6 instead of 5S and a larger screen!! Wait... No thanks... I'll keep my Lumia 1020

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 20:39 6

9. Ninetysix (Posts: 1680; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Windows phone? No thanks. Apps for my 2 major credit cards doesn't event exist :( American Express & Discover.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 21:19

11. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1472; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


First time you posted a comment about WP.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 21:42 1

16. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


And you've changed your old avatar

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 21:28 1

12. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


If you don't use Visa/Mastercard you have bigger problems than what Phone OS you are using lol.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 22:03 1

17. Ninetysix (Posts: 1680; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


GTFO with your poverty credit cards. What makes you think that I don't have those as well?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:12

26. mrblah (Posts: 549; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


Pretty sure his are just debit cards with a visa logo lol

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 21:39

14. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Same to

It has no major bank apps

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 23:16

19. javy108 (Posts: 164; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


Hehehe I like NL 1020 is really nice with W8.1 I think is going to be great.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 22:19 1

18. DEATHSTROKE9 (Posts: 399; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)


/s = sarcasm :-/

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:17

28. abdulmukta1234 (Posts: 6; Member since: 29 Jul 2014)


I have never been a big fan of iPhone but the iPhone 6 might just be a contender

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 18:18 2

2. fzacek (Posts: 2229; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


I really don't care at all...

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 23:48

22. nohatenofanboy (banned) (Posts: 515; Member since: 15 Jul 2014)


y u comment here ?

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 18:20 1

3. AfterShock (Posts: 2985; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Bet they still cost as much though.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 19:46 2

7. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Sapphire display is much worse(brittle) than Gorilla glass, but the name sound better. And that's what matters for the ifans. Like the "retina display" BS.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 00:11 1

24. nithyakr (Posts: 80; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


Well then don't buy any Android or WP with a sapphire display which will come after Apple products as Always. Stick to Gorilla Glass forever!

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 19:56

32. JGuinan007 (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 May 2011)


I don't think Apple intends to use sapphire glass for phone displays at all only using them on Iwatch and Fingerprint scanner on a bigger display Saphire glass is to brittle and with thinner phones they need to flex a little so sapphire is not ideal unless they use a really thin layer with other composite materials but even then sapphire is still not that great with flexing

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 18:42 2

4. GreekGeek (Posts: 845; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


Sapphire glass = additional $50-$100

I dont know if that sounds exciting to ifans

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 19:38 6

6. The-Sailor-Man (banned) (Posts: 1095; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


No matter what display use Apple , they should call it "sapphire display" . Apple fans love such names , no matter what nonsense BS they are. Like "retina display".
Oh, and Apple must patent the name "sapphire display" . In US that's possible. LOL

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 21:29 1

13. WinDroid (Posts: 77; Member since: 20 May 2014)


They should call it "Diamond Display" and claim it's better than Sapphire display that some android phones might be using it. Sure it will sell a bunch to ifans lol.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 23:23 1

21. marcski07 (Posts: 571; Member since: 25 Apr 2014)


and with "gundanium alloy"! for their metal parts. LOL

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 20:04

8. gehrig (Posts: 202; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


Gorilla Glass 4!

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 21:41

15. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


Dragontrail is better

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 09:13

27. mrblah (Posts: 549; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)


source?

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 12:32

30. gehrig (Posts: 202; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


The best would be Willow glass.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 20:56 1

10. cse.vicky (Posts: 107; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Or they may be keeping it for iPhone 6s :)

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 12:32

31. gehrig (Posts: 202; Member since: 17 Apr 2014)


S for Sapphire.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 23:18 2

20. javy108 (Posts: 164; Member since: 27 Jul 2014)


iPhone 6, then 6s ._. No matter what they put on their phone, their gonna sell cause marketing is what matters.

posted on 29 Jul 2014, 23:58 1

23. 21babydoll12 (unregistered)


Regardless of how much I admire apple products for their design and creative thinking. This "man made" sapphire mineral just doesn't excite me at all. When it's man made its not real sapphire thus being a poor man's imitation of the real thing. If I'm shopping for a gemstone, I want the real deal not some "lab created knockoff"

Carrying an expensive $700 phone with fake sapphire doesn't sound very enticing

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 01:48

25. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3750; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Put a "Retina HD" screen (double retina) under a slick sheet of sapphire, and there will be plenty of people lining up with their money. This is serious "wow" territory.

I might add that many people don't realize that sapphire is not just useful for its strength/hardness. It is also not an insulator, like glass is, so it can be used as a layer above the fingerprint sensor. In case Apple wants to do something novel.

posted on 30 Jul 2014, 10:53

29. xq10xa (Posts: 152; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


I wonder if they will fix the music app and bing app with this. On the Lumia 1020 the 8.1 developer preview was really bad with the Music app and using the search button "Bing". Music app would just freeze or take forever to load results. This isn't anything new....it's been happening for 2 years...so i guess they don't care. I constantly get "I can't seem to connect right now" by using bing. I always have to go to Google...to get a search. I think it's too late for that Microsoft comeback...it almost seems like the purposely wanted to fail.

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