Original plans called for a sapphire display on both new Apple iPhone 6 models

Original plans called for a sapphire display on both new Apple iPhone 6 models
A report published on Saturday reveals that Apple was originally planning to use sapphire glass displays on both the Apple iPhone 6 and the Apple iPhone 6 Plus. Sapphire glass was shipped from GT to the finishers in China, but there were problems producing the displays that would have been used on the handsets. The report, which cites supply chain sources, states that yields were just 25% or less.

The sources added that the fault lies with Biel and Lens Technologies, the company charged with turning the sapphire material into sapphire glass screens. The whole affair wasn't a total loss for Apple, as the sapphire glass that didn't pass QC were turned into screens for the Apple Watch. The report says that Apple will move the rest of the sapphire glass production for the Apple Watch back to Arizona, where sapphire will continue to be produced, possibly for later iPhone 6 units.

The good news here is that GT has shown that it can meet Apple's production requirements, which was a big concern. And according to the report,  Biel and Lens' finishing yield issues can be resolved. Eventually, Apple will offer iPhone models using a sapphire glass screen. It all depends on getting the finishing yields up to a rate that makes using the sapphire glass less expensive for Apple to use.

source: WallStreetForensics via BGR

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48 Comments

1. SuperMaoriBro

Posts: 533; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

New tech almost there but not quite

11. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

The tech is there, the manufacturing demands are not.

43. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

The demand is defiantly there The problem is the costs are too high at the moment

44. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

The problem was not the cost, for Apple at least. The problem was the assembly plants and manufacturing, as said by Timothy Cook.

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

So does the iPhone use gorilla glass?

3. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Smart move now apple needs to over haul iOS for a new user experience and if I was them do something totally different and upgrade the iphone 6/plus dramaticly and just make the 5c the budget phone in all major retail stores for $89 and the 5s $200 off contract.

16. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The 5s costs more than $200 to manufacture,

48. hbgreg

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 23, 2014

Not really allthingsd.com/20130924/teardown-analysis-shows-ip​hone-5s-costs-at-least-199-to-build-173-for-the-5c​/

4. jhaw19

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

what ever, with or without it. my gf still buy it. she is an isheeq like everybody else LOL

20. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

You sir, deserve a salute for speaking the truth.!

5. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

What will the next disappointment be? The people who already preordered thought they were getting sapphire glass. What will ios 8 bring with it? maybe upside down apps or frozen screen not to mention the updates.

9. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Clueless hater is clueless.

17. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Not a hater ,just tell it like it is, unlike some of us.

6. Chop83

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 27, 2014

The Kyocera Brigadier sells for less than the iPhone and it has Sapphire glass and water resistance. What do they mean "make it less expensive for Apple to use?? Over priced cause people will buy it, kinda like gas

45. cybertec69

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Don't pay attention to the Apple fanatics, they all live in this bubble called ignorance, Apple loves them and their $, LOL.

7. istitch

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

i presume that's one good way to milk the consumers by putting sapphire panel as the selling point of the upcoming 6s

10. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Doesn't disappoint in sales not returned, which translates into the highest customer satisfaction rating in the industry.

34. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You have to admit though, apple's upgrades are very incremental and they still sell their products for a premium price without having premium components.

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm liking your posting style. I feel apple has a huge fan base, and caters to their needs. Apples approach isn't based in specs, it's based on practicability. The practical uses, and needs/wants of the mainstream consumer. Let me ask you this bro: why do you think Apples customer satisfaction rating is so high, and each year the iPhone line is the top selling smart phone brand? This isn't luck, or hypnotism lol.

41. BlankSpaceNai

Posts: 127; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Wasnt blackberry also in that same genre back when it was top dog? For gamers, cant the same be said about Call of Duty? What about the reviews and sales of Final Fantasy13? those spoke wonders about it. Same for Transformers, how many movies sold millions yet were really horrible? How many other things that were released, that were ahead of their time, fantastic products or pieces of entertainment, that was destroyed by the next iteration of something? Disney used to use their 're-releases' of movies to dwarf or destroy the sales of other movie releases. The Apple consumers want function and form over specs. They want something that just works and fits a wide range of customers uses. Its about how they feel when they use it and how it fits them perfectly in their lives. Thats fantastic! THATS A GREAT THING. But its sullied by that same fan base...people who are ignorant to what they really have YET are bashing others for their devices, their CHOICES. People dont really hate apple as much as they hate its 'community' the people who didnt devote the time to know what they are buying, yet they will be the first to critique anyone elses choice as being 'poor' or 'stupid' in not getting an iphone. You cant deny that you see that kind of mentality from a LOT OF USERS, its the biggest problem with the product (which is really freaking odd considering that it has nothing to do with the actual phone, but the mentality that came from the people who use it). The phone sells cause it fits a wide brand of users. This is true, they will sell TONS of this, but I am dreading it, because Im going to see a level of ignorance mixed with pride and egotism that will make me cringe. As someone who loves tech, to hear some brat tell me that they are better than me cause they have an iphone, yet know absolutely nothing about it, is a bane of being in tech.

12. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

I refused to buy an iPhone 6, worth the wait for the saphire one, at least something to brag about. Current one is such a disappointment.

13. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Not behind the cure in sales

36. datguyglad

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You own apple shares..? How can you be happy with paying premium price for inferior components.? As a consumer this should infuriate people. For the few of the iPhone owners out there that feel like their getting the short end of the high end component stick, you can thank iPhone owners for that. If consumers don't demand more then why would apple change anything.? Most iPhone owners don't know and don't care about what kind of components and/or what the specs are in the new iPhone. All they need to know is that they have latest that apple has to offer.

39. darkkjedii

Posts: 31320; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I pay for what I want, based on my needs/wants. I love the Eco system, services, and support. Apples products suit me better than googles, and I love google too. I'm big on android, bigger on IOS, I'm not worried about the best specs, as that doesn't always, or automatically equate to the best experience. I want the best experience, and for me that's Apple.

14. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

How come phone arena writers don't write about the negatives of Iphone such as those founded on GSM Arena

46. cybertec69

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Same reason they consider i-she-ep an offensive word, lol.

22. djripster

Posts: 141; Member since: Dec 10, 2011

So I guess everyone should put off buying a new iPhone 6 until the sapphire glass display models are ready ? :)

30. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

There were many posts that people were going to wait for the iPhone 6S and its 2GB RAM. With a much larger iOS 8 system image and only 1GB RAM, the iPhone 6 is going to be endlessly swapping apps and reloading Safari pages. This is great to burn out your flash memory quicker and use more data, but not enjoyable for the customer.

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