JP Morgan: Apple to restrict sapphire glass to high-end Apple iPhone 6 models

JP Morgan: Apple to restrict sapphire glass to high-end Apple iPhone 6 models
Just because Apple is believed to be using sapphire glass on Apple iPhone screens this year, doesn't mean that all versions of the Apple iPhone 6 will feature the material. According to a report from JP Morgan Securities Ltd., Apple will limit the number of screens using sapphire glass, to ten million units. That figure represents less than 1% of the entire smartphone market.

According to the analysts who wrote the report, Apple might restrict the use of sapphire glass this year to the 128GB model of the 4.7 inch iPhone 6. With the material costing $30 to $35 more than Gorilla Glass, it would make sense for the manufacturer to use it at first on the most expensive versions of the device. Apple connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, previously said that the 64GB 5.5 inch Apple iPhone 6 would be the only model that could take advantage of sapphire glass.

According to the JP Morgan research, yields of sapphire glass smartphone displays might only be in the area of 50%, which explains the higher cost compared to Corning's Gorilla Glass. Speaking of Gorilla Glass, Corning says that tests in the laboratory show that sapphire glass is easier to break than its material.

Besides the iPhone, there was talk that Apple would use sapphire on its iWatch. But a check of the supply chain by JP Morgan, suggests that not every version of the Apple iWatch will feature sapphire glass.

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source: TapeiTimes via GforGames

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29 Comments

1. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

iP6 will be no match to GN4 in specs.

2. HansGoneInsane unregistered

How do you want to know? Every day Phone Arena posts contradicting rumors by people you get payed for putting these rumors into the world. Tomorrow we will read a story about an analyst that claims that all iPhones will carry saphire glass followed by an opposing analyst the day after that. Lets wait until Apple unveils the next gen iPhone.

3. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

"How do you want to know?" "...rumors by people you get payed (paid)"...? First of all I don't know what you're trying to communicate to me. And second I don't think you got my message clearly. I don't want to wait and see what Apple brings: I lost faith in them. I would much rather wait for a phone with specs that has lived up to its price for the past few years which is the Note 4. Sorry:P

5. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Strike out the "you" and make "get" a "getting" :) sorry, I was obviously not paying attention to my writing. If Apple should bring a 5.5" model, GN4 will have a formidable competitor. I am pretty sure that Apple is going to make a huge leap forward this year because of quantom dot display technology.

9. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Well I hope the 6 comes with QD displays but that's gonna make it very expensive and I don't know if that's ready for Apple's mass production. We'll see.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The note 4 hasn't been out the last few years, in fact the note 4 hasn't been out. Hasn't been released yet.

16. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Is it that hard to understand obi wan darkkjedii?? The Note series has been "out" on the market over the last few years. Did you know that?

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

We'll say that then, you jumped on Han for improper communication, then you do the same thing bro.

19. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

That's different. I wasn't being sarcastic or criticizing him for the MISTAKE in his sentence structure. I honestly couldn't understand what he was trying to tell me. But in this case you can at least guess what the Note 4 meant man.

13. denialgg

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

You shouldn't have faith in Samsung. Their build quality is terrible now because they are popular.I've also heard that the iPhone 6 will have an Intel cpu so you'll be wrong. (I'm not an apple fan, I hate apple)

21. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

23. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Specs don't mean that its better. For an example, Qualcomm snapdragon Krait dual core processors beat Quad core Tegra series. So Just by looking at the spec sheet you can't judge a product. Similarly the dual core Apple A7 processor with 1 GB of RAM beat Snapdragon 800 Processors with 2 GB RAM. And iOS doesn't need that much power to run the OS unlike Android which is resource hogging.

26. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

A7 single core is slighly faster and slower in multicore perfomance. A7 gpu perfomance is also slower than S800. So no, A7 isnt faster than S800 in total perfomance. So, u cant judge a product by looking some misleading benchmarks on websites. U need to see whole picture, duh.

27. nithyakr

Posts: 161; Member since: Jun 20, 2014

Well according to anandtech and pcmag (if you say those benchmarks are misleading then I don't know what site you could trust) in almost all benchmarks Apple A7 beat Snapdragon 800. I'm not saying that benchmarks give you a clear picture. I'm just saying that Apple A7 dual core processor with 1.3 GHz clock speed and 1 GB of RAM performs better than s800 Quad core processor with over 2GHz and 2 GB of RAM. So Just by having more cores, higher clock speed and more RAM doesn't mean that you got a powerful phone. I was referring to Tizen007's "iP6 will be no match to GN4 in specs." comment. Even though GN4 comes with more cores and more RAM, iPhone 6 COULD (not saying will) be more powerful since iOS is not that resource hogging like Android.

28. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Read again what I wrote!!! -.-

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Harder to scratch, easier to break. They've known all along how this'll work out. It probably be best to put it in the snobbier version, make others want it even after learning, its fragile now. This is Apple!

6. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Apple is probably working on saphire glass for years. I am pretty sure they dealt with such issues.

8. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

So has Rolex, I bet they say, it can't be thin enough to flex for touch, and not shatter from impact. But yeah, your right, let's see what happens as I'm just speculating.

7. Tizen007

Posts: 575; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Yup they're a bunch of jerks. Note 4 always maintained its premium offers to the customers; and it will continue to do so. For the people who don't like the design, well that's not what Samsung aimed for. They went for the customers who wanted truly high end specs. Now as everybody would know, they're becoming conscious of the design they apply: It's gonna be a beast.

10. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

128GB + Sapphire Glass = Wallet instantly disappears

11. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That's what Apple wants...

12. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Another move by Apple to suck more money out of people's wallets...

20. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

They can only take what people give.

22. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

And iSheep will give anything...

29. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Only idiots will stand in line to camp out just for a phone.

24. TheFirm

Posts: 33; Member since: Jun 05, 2014

I agree, apple should be in business to lose money, not make money /sarcasm

25. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

No, but they just take it too far...

14. iZman48

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

Analysts say so many things its confusing. Apple will not sell a 128 GB phone with sapphire and 64 GB without.that would be dissapointing.I have not used apple products much. I have a nexus device. But it is highly unlickly they will do that.its not their style.

18. naittosan

Posts: 239; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

That's too bad,I was ready to get 3 of them when they came out. Back to the Samsung f series.

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