New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus don't have sapphire displays, are they Gorilla Glass?

New iPhone 6 and 6 Plus don't have sapphire displays, are they Gorilla Glass?
For quite a while now, we've been hearing rumors about the next generation iPhone having a sapphire display. We've heard about Apple's sapphire display production plans, sapphire display patents, and Apple buying up all of the sapphire displays around, leaving nothing for any other manufacturers. Unfortunately, none of that work has manifested in the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus.

When Phil Schiller came out to announce the new iPhones, we were all waiting on what description would be used for the displays, and then Phil said "ion strengthened", not sapphire. This means that the display glass has undergone a chemical process which causes sodium ions in the glass surface to be replaced by potassium ions, which are larger and strengthen the glass. This is the same process that Corning uses to produce Gorilla Glass, so it may be that the new iPhones use Gorilla Glass. If so, it is a bit telling that Apple avoided saying the brand name of the display glass. 

Apple obviously has plans to switch to sapphire in the future, and wants to distance itself from Corning and its Gorilla Glass. There is still hope for a sapphire display on the iWatch, but nothing on the iPhone just yet.




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  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A8, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1810 mAh(14h 3G talk time)

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41 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

It's Gorilla Glass.

6. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yeah it's also a 8MP camera. How bad is that? The Note 4's 16MP ISOCELL, OIS camera trumps it already!

8. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Seriously.. do you know anything about cameras? 8MP vs 16 means NOTHING.. well except for typically 16mp will have a much more difficult time in low light. The technology used in making the camera sensor matters. 8MP is a far better choice than 16. We simply get NOTHING positive from that high of a pixel count. I'd much rather Samsung gave us a 8MP ISOCELL OIS camera.

12. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Let the rationalization COMMENCE!!!!!!

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Except you do get a lot of benefits from having a higher pixel count. Even something as absurd to many people as the Lumia 1020 with it's 41 MP camera had many advantages over the competition. One of them being the fact that when you take a picture you can zoom in and crop it without losing any detail. So you could stand far away from something, take a shot, and then zoom in and crop it to get your final image that would still be a decent resolution. With an 8 MP camera, you can't really do that because you start to lose detail as you zoom into the shot.

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ok, that's all good & wonderful. But if the tech is out there for 16MP why stick with 8MP? It's like saying you want a fuel efficient Ferrari. I mean seriously. You want the balls, you want the power. 16MP gives you a better shot than 8MP. So why does the HTC One M8's 4MP camera suck? By your logic the M8 should be better than a 8MP camera because it has 4MP...

17. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

I've seen plenty of higher MP cameras take worse shots than ones with lower megapixel. 4MP is 2240x1680 which is already fairly large. Granted as Dr. Phil said you cannot zoom and crop nearly as much on lower MP cameras or say, blow the image up to poster size printed out, cramming pixels into a small sensor will add noise in low light as McLTE says. Its really a trade off for what you are looking for. A Point and shoot? to print and edit photos? ... selfie cam? >_>

18. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Troll much???? 8mp Cleary has less details compared to 13mp or 16mp cameras.... And also note 4 has OIS too... So it should have no problems in dark....

23. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

should...xenon flash would make it even better, like the 1020 king of lowlight action shots for a phone.

22. hmmm...

Posts: 81; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Do you know anything about cameras? So a dslr with 40MP is going to perform worst than an Iphone 8MP? Image quality depends on lens, sensor size and sensitivity, software implentation etc. Generally, in daylight, higher pixel count gives more detail, not everyone takes low light pictures all the time.

30. AGx-07 unregistered

Do YOU know anything about cameras? I wont sit here and tell you that MP count means everything but to pretend that it means nothing is just ignorant. Apple has made a very valid point to improve all other aspects of the sensor in the camera but so has Samsung and other OEMs who have bumped up the pixel count. So not only are the other phones also getting these "valid" enhancements they are also getting a higher pixel count. It's arguable without testing which camera comes out better in the end but to say that....well....pretty much your whole comment....is just dumb.

31. Wrightdj21

Posts: 19; Member since: Nov 21, 2013

So if pixealation doesn't matter then why is my LG G3 13MP have the 4k ultra high definition recording and a 1080p quality for pictures o right because Apple still sucks

34. MDDaug

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Actually, the real answer is because you're choking so hard on that Android guy's "guy" that you fail to recognize the other massive pitfalls of the G3. The cheap, fake aluminum plastic body, glitchy interface, and the horrible color calibration certainly set it apart from the rest in the wrong way. Apple's ONLY competition is Samsung, and even then, both sets of phones have pros and cons. Sales and market share tell all you need to know about this "ultra" amazing phone you've unfortunately purchased.

27. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you know lumia 1020/1520/930 takes only 5Mpix pics and they are better then other phones

7. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

No.. it's revolutionary!!!

2. pifon

Posts: 76; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

breaking news i.imgur.com/Gj5qrnx.gif

3. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

so 2012 hahahahahahahahaha

4. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

They just wanted to make it sound like something new. Gorrila glass it is.

5. Utopian

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Tell me one thing they announced that matches 2014 flagship standards. Just one..!

21. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

battery life, cornering glass, smooth ui (google still hammering that out i mean kitkat was supposed to fix it right? Well i should say touchwiz but samsung is the face of android), landscape home screen, co processor. I do like the iwatch, though i dont wear a watch looks better than the others. Considering the M8 is a flagship with 4mp and this with 8mp, can we say it is not a flagship?

26. vuyonc

Posts: 1089; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Battery life? No iPhone has broken the 20 day threshold in standby time. Meanwhile, everyone went over 20 hours and Sony and LG broke the 30 day threshold since last year. No iPhone has ever broken the 20 hour threshold in talk time except the huge iP6+. Meanwhile, everyone else's normal sized phones had gotten close to that since last year. Landscape home screen started in 2012 with 4.1.2 JB. 3rd party apps were already doing that before. SD800 and A7 had coprocessors last year. Sure iOS is silky smooth and doesn't need much power but which idiot mates one the most powerful mobile chipsets in the world with just 1GB RAM. Real Racing 3 and a few Safari tabs is not gonna end well. Last year: where the iPhone 6 belongs.

9. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

I wish tomorrow Google would launch the Nexus X, which could then take a massive Lemon Creme Crap on the iPhone 6 Plus.

10. yahia_malka

Posts: 186; Member since: Mar 27, 2014

IPhone 6 and 6 plus. Sucks , we r in 2014 , flagships come with QHD screen not HD and not with 1 GB ram , at least. 2 , weak battery , not water or dust proof , f**k apple ( I'm a WP guy , the Lumia 830 is far better than the iPhone 6) and Apple flagship come with dual core processors??? We r in 2014 , f**k u apple. , anyone buys it , is stupid !

24. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

you made no sense here at all. If the eye cannot tell details unless you're nose is on the screen QHD is worthless. Apple has never chased specs, instead it is about the ecosystem and support, and sorry but apple hands down from being on that side of the call for a customer blows samsung away. I wont buy it, i am content with my 925 and waiting for a 1020 replacement, but in reality, it will be far more than enough for 95% of people out there. Dont be blind and realize not every cares, in fact people call in owning a G3 not even knowing their QHD is the same as the N4 coming out. That is how clueless the market is.

28. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

as a wp user you should know that both these wp and IOS dont eat much of the processor and RAM. its good to have more but it works as good with lesser specs. and for IOS the Gaming is main department they can run everything better then others. I use L930 but i admit where the IOS is better. but they cannt come close the camera quality that lumia advantage . Android got its openness as advantage you cant just complain like "One for All Plz"

35. MDDaug

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

Keep telling yourself that when Microsoft finally kills off their horrendous mobile setup. Windows 9 upgrade will likely be the end.

11. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

All hype about sapphire galls and than no?

15. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

This is sad. For $299 all you get is an increase in screen size??? WTF???

16. D.Lamore

Posts: 198; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

OMG!!!!!! 1GB ram on both icraps

38. OldNorseBruin

Posts: 235; Member since: Mar 12, 2013

The iCHUMPS drooling over their iCHUMP6bs POS...

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