5.44-inch iPhone 6: 10 Mil. Units Life-cycle; Sapphire Pretty Damn Expensive (Rumor)

A new week is upon us, and fresh rumors concerning Apple’s future plans have started making the rounds.

As most of you should be aware of, the majority of leaks and rumors concerning the iPhone 6 suggest that Apple will produce not one, but two models – each one boasting a different display in terms of dimensions. There’s the 4.7 inch iPhone 6, and rumors have indicated that Apple is also working on a “phablet”, boasting a 5.5 inch panel.

The latest rumors now suggest that the larger iPhone 6 will in fact pack a 5.44 inch display, and that, due to the high production costs, the smartphone might be produced in smaller quantities. Check back after the break for the full story.

5.44-inch iPhone 6: 10 Mil. Units Life-cycle; Sapphire Pretty Damn Expensive (Rumor)

5.44-inch iPhone 6 – 10 Million Units Life-cycle

According to the Chinese media, citing supply chain sources, Apple will produce only 10 million 5.44-inch iPhone 6 units throughout the product’s life-cycle. This is due to the fact that Apple is reportedly planning on using sapphire glass in the production of the “iPhablet”, and production costs prove to be a problem.

These latest reports suggest that the sapphire screen costs around 1743 yuan (or $280), which would raise the final cost of the device to about 8000 yuan (or $1285) – at least in China. At the moment, the 16 GB iPhone 5S costs 5288 yuan in China ($850), whereas the beefier 64 GB variant is retailed at the price of 6888 yuan (or $1106).

We should also point out that previous rumors have suggested that Apple will not be using sapphire glass on its iPhone 6, due to production costs and low yeld, and that the material will be reserved for the iWatch. However, not too long ago, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who has a pretty accurate track record when it comes to guessing Apple’s plans), has suggested that only the more expensive, 64 GB 5.44/5.5-inch iPhone 6 could be getting the sapphire glass treatment.

Either way, the larger iPhone 6 might become a more exclusive smartphone – or at least the sapphire flavored one will, and we’re not sure how we feel about this. Is Apple planning to raise the bar and deliver more expensive spin-offs of its already rather expensive products? Only time will tell. Stay tuned for more.