We recently heard that Apple would be using sapphire glass in next years iPhone 6, the company recently announced a partnership with GT Advanced Technologies on a new Sapphire glass manufacturing plant.
Now according to a recent report, Apple has paid GT Advanced Technologies $578 million, the money is being used to speed up the development of the company’s large capacity ASF furnaces.
The furnaces will be used to deliver low cost, high volume sapphire material, which will apparently keep the costs of the sapphire display on the iPhone 6 down.
The sapphire glass display on the iPhone 6 will apparently be around 2.5 times more durable than Corning Gorilla Glass, and will be more resistant to scratches.
As yet we do not know what features the new iPhone 6 will come with, we can expect a new design for the handset as the same design was used for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S.
We can also expect the handset to come with Apple’s new Touch ID fingerprint sensor and also a new version of their mobile OS, although we are not expecting the handset to launch until around September or October of 2014.