So word on the street is that Apple could be using sapphire for the iPhone 6’s display. This has reportedly been “confirmed” by an expert who believes that the rumors have credibility, however according to a recent report, it seems that apparently there have been some production issues regarding sapphire which means that supply will be somewhat limited at the start.
What does this mean? Could it mean even more delays to the iPhone 6? Well maybe not, because according to the rumors, Apple could instead use that limited supply of sapphire for the 128GB 5.5-inch iPhone 6, so if you’re willing to pay more for the larger iPhone and pay even more for a larger capacity, chances are you will most likely end up getting a regular glass display instead.
We’re not sure if Apple plans to reintroduce sapphire to the iPhone 6 at a later date when supply becomes more readily available, but for now it has been suggested that it could be limited to the highest-end model, which is a little unfortunate given that there has been a lot of fuss regarding the use of sapphire in Apple’s upcoming handset.
In the meantime other OEMs don’t appear to be too enthused about the use of sapphire, claiming that while the material is tougher than glass and harder to scratch, it is a lot more brittle, meaning that when it drops, chance of it cracking will be higher as it is not as flexible compared to other materials like Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. In any case take it with a grain of salt for now, but hopefully Apple will announce something in the next couple of months.
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