A new report from The Wall Street Journal claims that while Apple’s next-generation of iPhone will boast a sapphire display, it will only use the ultra-hard material on the more expensive models of the company’s flagship device.
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.
Currently Apple uses sapphire to protect the iPhone’s camera lens, and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The WSJ’s report indicates that only the higher-end (and possibly higher-storage capacity) models of Apple’s upcoming “iPhone 6” will use the material in their display screens, due to the added costs, and difficulty in making the material.
Apple partnered with GT Advanced Technology last year to build a sapphire manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona.
We’ll soon know Apple’s plans for their next-generation device, as Apple is expected to debut its new flagship handset(s) on September 9th, with a launch expected soon after. In addition to larger screens, the devices are expected to boast a faster A8 processor, improved cameras, and better battery life.