The iPhone 6 will have a sapphire display – this fact has been leaked and rumored countless times before. We’ve even seen the sapphire screen being put to the test, and surviving anything except a car running it over.
But if you thought that all iPhone 6 models will benefit from this technology, you might be in for a surprise.
According to a new report from Asia, there won’t be enough sapphire panels to go around for every last iPhone 6 sold. That means only certain models will get this feature.
Apparently there’s a limit to how many sapphire panels will be produced this year – around 10 million, to be exact. And obviously sales of the new iPhone 6 are expected to go well over that.
So it’s possible that the sapphire screen will be limited, for example, to iPhone 6 models with 128GB of storage – which will be the most expensive in Apple’s portfolio.
Another possibility is for Apple to only use the sapphire tech for the bigger, 5.5-inch iPhone 6, since at one point it was rumored that only 10 million units of that phone will actually be made this year.
However, production of sapphire displays is set to pick up in 2015, and it’s then when we can expect to see many more iPhones with such panels.
Each sapphire display may cost as much as $45, compared to around $10 for one furnished with Corning’s Gorilla Glass.
All of this speculation comes courtesy of JP Morgan Securities, through their latest report on the matter. Regardless of the source, though, you should always take such things with a grain of salt.
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