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Market Research: 4.7-inch iPhone 6 Sapphire Display MIA, Jury Still Out For The iWatch

by Mihai Matei on July 28, 2014


The almost endless stream of iPhone-related reports continues to flow, as we’re slowly but surely closing in to the end of the month. Aside from all the rumors regarding the alleged mass production and launch time-frame of the 5.5-inch iPhone, there are also a handful of reports that keep touching on the sapphire display topic. This highly-anticipated material was initially rumored to become available on both iPhone models as well as the iWatch, but as time passed by we came across numerous reports suggesting otherwise.

Now, according to industry insiders and analysts, chances are extremely slim for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to take advantage of a sapphire display. In addition, things might not look too bright for the iWatch either. Check out the full story right after the break.

Market Research: 4.7-inch iPhone 6 Sapphire Display MIA, Jury Still Out For iWatch

Market Research: 4.7-inch iPhone 6 Sapphire Display MIA, Jury Still Out For iWatch

4.7-inch iPhone 6 Sapphire Display MIA

According to LEDinside, a research subdivision of TrendForce, despite the fact that the prices for sapphire ingots, substrates and PPS (patterned sapphire substrates) have dropped this month, the 4.7-inch iPhone will not take advantage of the said material. Specifically, while Apple’s current (and future) smartphones (will) make use of sapphire for camera lenses and the Touch ID sensor, it appears that the sapphire glass display for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is still missing in action. Based on analysis of the iPhone 6 supply chain, in order for the 4.7-inch model to be launched in September with a sapphire display in tow, related component suppliers should’ve started shipping their products for assembly by the end of June. However, this apparently hasn’t come to pass, which further fuels the idea that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will not take advantage of a sapphire display.


This would also mean that, if all the recent rumors are incorrect and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be announced and subsequently released in September, even Apple’s phablet will most likely pack anything but a sapphire display. Thankfully, we highly doubt that the bigger iPhone 6 will b released come this autumn (recent reports peg it for a December launch).

Last but not least, the source also says that it’s too early to determine whether the iWatch will use a sapphire display or not. However, an LEDinside analyst suggested that the production process of sapphire glass for a curved iWatch will prove to be quite difficult; more so if an OLED display will be used. Will the iWatch make use of this highly-anticipated material? Right now it’s anyone’s guess, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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