Apple may reserve the sapphire crystal for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 only
Although at first everything pointed to the fact that all models of iPhone 6, both the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch, would incorporate a screen with sapphire glass, the latest rumors indicate that eventually will only be the phablet version of the future terminal which will be equipped with a protective layer made of sapphire , a component that could cost approximately 33 euros per unit.
A few days ago, we saw a video of the supposed front panel of iPhone 6 with sapphire glass. On it we could see a practically indestructible material , resistant to scratches, pressure and above all to falls, which have done so much damage to our beloved devices. However, it could be that Apple has decided to limit this material to only its “premium” version of the 5.5-inch model.
According to several sources of information, the shortage of this material in question could be the main reason that would force Cupertino’s company to diversify the production of the device and limit the units that will be able to incorporate the protective film.
Only 10 million sheets of sapphire will be produced during the first year
In fact, a month ago we already announced here on iPadizate that sapphire glass was an exclusive material for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, leaving the 4.7-inch version out and opting again for the Gorilla Glass , possibly produced by LG and Japan Display. Recent leaks from JPMorgan would therefore only corroborate this information.
JPMorgan has further indicated that the production capacity of sapphire foils is estimated at around 10 million units during the first year of the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, a figure well below the units to be produced of Apple’s future flagship smartphone. That is why Apple has been forced to face the problem and finally choose to cover only the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 “Pro”.
33 euros of sapphire for each unit of iPhone 6
This is the financial figure Apple will have to face if it finally decides to incorporate such technology into its flagship device. This amount is clearly more than the 10 dollars (about 7.39 euros) that the Gorilla Glass 3 layer incorporating the company’s current iPhone 5s now costs.
So, as the guys from the Taipei Times say, it seems clear for now that Apple will incorporate the sapphire crystal only to the most expensive models, i.e. the largest iPhone 6. But do you really think Apple will reserve the sapphire crystal only for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6?