Sapphire glass has been one of those materials that everyone wanted in their smartphones, but very few manufacturers have been able to deliver. This is due to the fact that the manufacturing process and the sapphire itself are rather costly, but the good news is that this year we might get to see the material going more mainstream than ever before.
As some of you might’ve already heard by now, previous reports concerning Apple’s plans have suggested that the Cupertino-based giant will make use of sapphire glass in at least one of its products that are expected to hit the shelves by the end of the year. Initially it’s been speculated that sapphire glass will only make it on the iWatch, but now we’ve come across new reports, indicating that Apple could use sapphire a lot more extensively than initially thought.
Will Apple Have Enough Sapphire for Both iPhone 6 Models and the iWatch?
As some of you might recall, back in February word on the street was that the next iPhone will most likely not feature a sapphire screen. Instead, the aforementioned material will be reserved to the iWatch. Then a new report came in, suggesting that although the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will make use of sapphire glass, only the top models will take advantage of it, due to high production costs.
Now we circle back to the whole sapphire glass conundrum, as a new report now suggests that Apple will have enough sapphire for both iPhone 6 models, as well as the iWatch. Supposedly, GT Advanced Technologies is now waiting for the final payment from Apple, which will allow the company to speed up the building process of its Mesa facility. Supposedly, GTAT has installed more than 2,500 furnaces, and the facility is capable of working with sapphire boulders that would weigh between 200 and 235 kilograms.
As a result, word is that Apple will have enough sapphire to use for the 4.7 and 5.5 inch iPhone 6, as well as the iWatch. Supposedly, the Mesa facility will most likely produce over 200 million sapphire panels a year.
This wraps it up for today’s report, but don’t hesitate to share your thoughts below. Are you excited by these recent developments?