• WSJ: Apple May Only Bring Sapphire to High-End iPhones



    Sapphire is coming to Apple's iPhone 6... but not all of them.

    According to new reports Thursday from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is "betting $700 million that sapphire" is the best replacement for glass on future devices.

    And those "future devices" are about to show up in the coming weeks. However, because sapphire is so expensive -- reportedly $16 to produce one screen as opposed to $3 for a Gorilla Glass version -- not all new Phones will feature sapphire screens. Only premium models will come with sapphire screens.

    "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," the report reads, citing people familiar with the iPhone 6's development.

    Apple is expected to unveil iPhone 6 -- presumably both 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models -- on September 9th.

    Source: WSJ
    This article was originally published in forum thread: WSJ: Apple May Only Bring Sapphire to High-End iPhones started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Nuff Said's Avatar
      Nuff Said -
      Are they not both premium?
    1. thazsar's Avatar
      thazsar -
      So the 4.7" Sapphire display that was put through ridiculous scratch tests must've been an illusion

      So glad WSJ has tested both screens to determine the 4.7" isn't sapphire but the unattainable 5.5" will be unveiled AND be the only sapphire iphone...
    1. Oddlane's Avatar
      Oddlane -
      Quote Originally Posted by thazsar View Post
      So the 4.7" Sapphire display that was put through ridiculous scratch tests must've been an illusion

      So glad WSJ has tested both screens to determine the 4.7" isn't sapphire but the unattainable 5.5" will be unveiled AND be the only sapphire iphone...
      My understanding from this is there will be 4 versions. 4.7 and 5.5 gorilla glass models, and 4.7 and 5.5 sapphire premium models
    1. buya001's Avatar
      buya001 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nuff Said View Post
      Are they not both premium?
      They probably mean 64gB of those models, not necessarily one or the other. They have to bake in the higher cost in to the largest profit version of each model.
    1. nmoreman's Avatar
      nmoreman -
      I would like to know the definition of "Premium" phone.

      I'm planning on purchasing a 32gb, so with no carrier subsidies anymore under their new phone plans, which I do love,
      the outlay of $700 (on the old pricing plan), plus tax, activation, and new phone case, I consider this to be a premium
      phone in my mind! And something I feel, as an Apple stockholder, could carry the additional $13 in cost.

      This is not a plastic 5C I'm considering!
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