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iPhone 6 Sapphire Display: Likely To Be Restricted To High End Models?

by Mihai Matei on July 17, 2014


Gather ’round ladies and gents, as unsurprisingly enough a new rumor concerning the iPhone 6 has emerged. Said smartphone has lately been making the headlines more often than not, and a lot of digital ink has been spilled on account of countless iPhone 6 leaks and rumors.

The latest report concerning the next-gen iPhone is related to the whole sapphire display conundrum, and the latest word on the street is that the aforementioned premium material will most likely be restricted to the high-end iPhone 6 models. Care to learn more about what the world’s top analysts have to say on the matter? Then join us below for details.

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iPhone 6 Sapphire Display – Limited to High-End Models?

According to JPMorgan Securities Ltd., Apple will most likely not fit every iPhone with sapphire glass. Allegedly, the amount of sapphire panels manufactured this year will be limited to about 10 million units, for both (or either) the 4.7 and / or the 5.5-inch model(s). Interestingly enough, back in May there have also been reports suggesting that only 10 million 5.5-inch iPhone 6 will be produced, so could it be that the said device will be the only one enjoying the sapphire glass treatment? It’s too early to be sure.

In addition, JPMorgan suggests that even if Apple will make use of sapphire, there’s a possibility that only the high-end 128 GB models will take advantage of the material. Supposedly, due to various challenges regarding the production of sapphire glass, and given the material’s price which is $30-$35 higher than Gorilla Glass, the iPhone 6 could mark only the beginnings of sapphire for the mobile market.


In other words, due to various limitations, this year Apple could test the waters with a limited number of sapphire panels, after which the material may become more popular starting with 2015.

We should also mention that this isn’t the first instance we hear about sapphire glass being limited to high-end iPhone 6 models. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo previously stated that the only device that could take advantage of sapphire glass will be the 64 GB 5.5-inch iPhone 6. Whether or not that will be the case remains to be seen.

We’ll keep you up to speed so stay tuned for more.

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