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Sapphire screen? It's a 'no' for the Apple iPhone 6 but a resounding 'yes' for the iWatch

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Sapphire screen? It's a 'no' for the Apple iPhone 6 but a resounding 'yes' for the iWatch
We recently passed along the word that Foxconn had produced 100 prototypes of the next-gen Apple iPhone, using a sapphire screen. The idea was for the contract manufacturer to test how well it could substitute the material for Gorilla Glass. Despite this test (or maybe because of it), it appears that a sapphire glass display is not in the cards for the Apple iPhone 6.

A report citing "Taiwan supply chain insiders" states that yields have been too low, which is a problem that should be corrected once Apple's Mesa plant is operational. But an even bigger problem is that using the sapphire now would result in a price hike that would force consumers to dig deeper into their pockets to buy the phone.

On the other hand, the sources from Taiwan indicate that the sapphire glass will still be used on the much smaller screen on the Apple iWatch. The amount of sapphire required to produce the timepiece is much less than that required for Apple's iconic smartphone. Obviously, the cost of the material is much less an issue with the watch display.

The Apple iPhone 5s currently employs sapphire to protect the rear camera lens and the fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button. If this report is correct, we won't see that use expanded to the entire front panel until the 2015 iteration of the iPhone, at the earliest.

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster!

source: MyDrivers (translated), PCPOP (translated) via GforGames

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posted on 11 Feb 2014, 07:55

1. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


yippie!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 07:58 5

3. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1109; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


Don't pop the champagne just yet. You will see yes, no, yes, no, yes, no responses up to announcement day.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 13:02

17. Finalflash (Posts: 1455; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Sadly it always ends on a no, this is Apple we are talking about here. Also, it's easy to call this one, it just isn't going to happen.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 07:58 1

2. aayupanday (Posts: 458; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


This means the iWatch may be priced near $499

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:07 6

4. akki20892 (Posts: 3261; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


U r wrong, $999

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:09

5. pradeepreddy (Posts: 35; Member since: 01 Apr 2013)


$499
wowww
if we add couple more $$ we will get a RADO on it's sale price!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:14 4

6. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Well U r BOTH wrong, $9,999 (wi-fi only)!!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:14 2

11. wolfsaviorzx (unregistered)


But I want da gold one.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 11:21

13. PAPINYC (Posts: 2186; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


lol .... stop the iWhining!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:31

7. pwnarena (Posts: 825; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


using sapphire on a smaller display is what doesn't make sense. a smaller screen is more difficult to crack or break. you can drop a watch and it won't break if it has a gorilla glass because it is lighter and the probability of dropping face down is very low.

if you want to take advantage of the durability of sapphire glass, you have to use it on a larger screen.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:36

8. iampayne (Posts: 208; Member since: 12 Aug 2013)


Its more than what they use on the camera lens....

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 08:40 2

9. buccob (Posts: 1308; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


High end wristwatches use Sapphire glass because it is extremely hard to scratch...
One of my favorite, a Certina watch... have received many many direct hits to the glass from walls, tables, metal frames, and the likes... and it still like new...

So it really makes sense in a watch, specially since a bigger sapphire for a phone would be very expensive

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:55

12. pwnarena (Posts: 825; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


i hope we can find a watch that only uses gorilla glass or dragontrail. i really think their strength and scratch resistance will suffice for watches. they may not even break when repeatedly dropped.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:50

15. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sapphire glass is more breakable than gorilla glass.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 14:37

18. DFranch (Posts: 136; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


They've been using saphire glass on watches for years.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 10:05

10. serrano989 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


I doubt they would have to increase the price. The iPhone has one of the biggest profit margins of any smart phone. Plus, image them stating they have an unbreakable screen at a press conference. Apple users would eat that up. Apple makes a ton of money off phone repairs.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:52

16. tedkord (Posts: 4286; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


It's not unbreakable. It's unscratchable. It's more prone to shatter than gorilla glass at the same thickness and size.

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 12:28

14. DallasNative214 (Posts: 4; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)


Actually the iwatch is going to be priced around $299.00.....so if it has half the functionality that it should i def will be coping that ASAP rocky style!!!!

posted on 11 Feb 2014, 17:52

19. XperiaOptimusOne (unregistered)


If this pans out, then bad news for Corning and Asahi.

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