Most iPhone 6 rumourmongers are singing from the same hymn sheet at the moment, suggesting the next-generation iPhone will feature – most notably – a larger display. Or indeed larger displays plural, with a choice of 4.7in and 5.5in.
A spanking new report thingy throws in the notion of iPhone 6 specs including a sapphire crystal display, which would make the screen much stronger, with increased scratch-resistance.
That’s the story over on 9to5mac, with fingers pointed at import/export records, a recent SEC listing, and an analyst by the name of Matt Margolis.
Apple teamed up with GT Advanced Technologies last year to open an Arizona-based manufacturing plant, and the latter has reportedly imported a number of Intego Sirius Sapphire Display Inspection Tools. Not much room for interpretation there.
The name of the tool – “Display Inspection” – also appears to rule out the sapphire crystal being used purely for the iPhone 6’s camera or Touch ID fingerprint scanner, as is the case on the iPhone 5s.
Further cementing the notion of the iPhone 6 in particular having a sapphire crystal display, the aforementioned SEC filing suggests all goods produced by GT Advanced are for the exclusive benefit of – you guessed it – Apple.
Adding fuel to the fire (literally), GT Advanced has ordered 100 tons of graphite material to heat furnaces.
Yeah, this one sounds fairly likely. Assuming the sapphire crystal display yield rate isn’t brutally low.
Expect Samsung’s sapphire crystal displays to start shipping in 2015 (joke (not really)).