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

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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19 Comments

1. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yippie!

3. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

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

17. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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.

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

This means the iWatch may be priced near $499

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

U r wrong, $999

5. pradeepreddy

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 01, 2013

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

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

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

11. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

But I want da gold one.

13. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

lol .... stop the iWhining!

7. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

8. iampayne

Posts: 322; Member since: Aug 12, 2013

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

9. buccob

Posts: 2955; Member since: Jun 19, 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

12. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17184; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sapphire glass is more breakable than gorilla glass.

18. DFranch

Posts: 525; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

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

10. serrano989

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 02, 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.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17184; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

14. DallasNative214

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 06, 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!!!!

19. XperiaOptimusOne unregistered

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

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