Analysts claim the sapphire glass display of the Apple Watch costs roughly $27 to produce
posted by Peter K. / Sep 25, 2014, 3:51 AM
You'll have to wait a few more months before you can strap a shiny Apple Watch on your wrist, allegedly for a price starting $349, while more exclusive and premium iterations of the device might climb up pretty high on the price-o-meter. The wearable was engulfed in mystery, but many rumors and speculations kept tipping us that the display of Apple's first wearable will be made of sapphire glass, unlike the ones of the new iPhone crop.
The iPhones don't have sapphire displays due to the pretty high cost, weight and thickness of the material in comparison with Corning's Gorilla Glass, for example, which is still the go-to material for the current generation of smartphones on the market. These aspects of sapphire glass have not prevented Apple from endowing the Apple Watch with this pretty scratch-resistant, yet brittle material.
According to analysts each and every sapphire glass display of the Apple Watch will cost Apple $27.41 to produce. This sum comprises both the bill of materials for the display itself (allegedly $7.86) and the various R&D expenses, labor and production costs, which damage Cupertino $19.55 a piece. The display of the Apple Watch is an OLED one and has a resolution of 240x320 pixels. The most likely manufacturer behind the screen itself is LG.
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iWatch looks FUGLY, period.
posted on Sep 25, 2014, 3:53 AM 2
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And they will charge you $270 for the same sapphire glass.
posted on Sep 25, 2014, 4:44 AM 0
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No one knows the resolution of the Apple Watch. But this would make more sense that the resolution is 240x320 since some of the current Android Wear watches have slightly larger displays compared to the Apple watch, and the lowest resolution Android Wear resolution is currently the LG G Watch that has a resolution of 280x280. Other rumors have said the Apple Watch has a resolution of 320x400 which would have a better resolution then any Android Wear or any Samsung Gear watch currently. Most likely its the lower resolution of 240x320, but it might be 280x320? Who knows since Apple never released this spec.
posted on Sep 25, 2014, 5:49 AM 0
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Cool another Apple articles for the day, very appreciate for PA for knowing our readership well, thanks PA :)
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posted on Sep 25, 2014, 4:04 AM 4
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What a misleading title!! Seriously phonearena, you are losing lots of your credibility. The analyst says that the display with the glass costs this much, not the saphire glass by itself! Gsmarena's title for the same article was very very clear, "the saphire cover and display on the Apple watch cost $27 to make". I think you're trying hard to justify the hefty STARTING price of the Apple Watch.
posted on Sep 25, 2014, 4:09 AM 1
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I remember watching a video from a sapphire manufacturer They said they were selling their 4" sapphire planes for ~$30 And that gorilla glass was ~$3 So I doubt the sapphire alone costs $27 But like you said, with the display $27 seems about right
posted on Sep 25, 2014, 4:32 AM 0
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