As Apple’s September 9th media event draws ever closer, the rumour mill surrounding the new Apple iPhone 6 smartphone is now suggesting that only the higher-end iPhone 6 devices will be available with Sapphire glass screens and unfortunately will cost more that those without the super scratch resistant glass.
A source close to the production of the iPhone 6 has reported to the Wall Street Journal that the Sapphire glass might only be included with the flag-ship iPhone 6 devices due to the added complexity in production and cost involved.
However it has also been suggested from other sources that Apple maybe restricting the Sapphire glass to certain models. The WSJ reports :
“Apple is considering using sapphire screens in more-expensive models of the two new, larger iPhones it plans to debut this fall, if it can get enough of the material, people familiar with the matter say. Some analysts expect Apple to charge more for the phones than previous new models, because of increased component costs.”
Apple is also expected to use Sapphire glass for its upcoming and as yet unannounced iWatch smartwatch devices which is rumoured to be in development. Apple has already invested a considerable amount of money in the region of 500 million into partner GT Advanced’s sapphire plant, equipping the company with high output furnaces for Sapphire glass production.
It was also revealed this week that the Foxconn were reported to be manufacturing a majority of the iPhone 6 handsets for Apple, with Pegatron making around 15 percent of the total handsets for this year. Apple is expected to manufacture a total of 50 million units of the 4.7 inch iPhone 6 before the years end.
As more information is leaked on the highly anticipated launch and specifications of the Apple iPhone 6, we will keep you updated as always ahead of Apple September 9th media event.
Source: Mac Rumours
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