Much has been said about the iPhone 6, but Apple is doing a good job of keeping us guessing. One model uses sapphire crystal; they both use sapphire crystal. One model is launching in September; they’re both launching in September.
For what it’s worth, TrendForce is sticking its beak in, suggesting that the sapphire display version of the iPhone 6 will arrive in “limited volumes” at first.
The press release (Business Wire) is worded kinda strangely, but reading between the lines, it sounds like TrendForce subscribes to the notion of two new iPhones – without mentioning anything specific about sizes or release dates.
Of course, it’s largely accepted at this point that the iPhone 6 will drop in 4.7in and 5.5in sizes, both significantly larger than the 4in iPhone 5s/5c/5. If only one iPhone 6 has a sapphire crystal display, it'll likely be the larger of the two.
The paragraph of interest here reads: “The sapphire glass version iPhone 6 will be issued in limited volumes this year, mostly because sapphire ingot manufacturers’ yield rates were lower than forecasts and there were issues involved in sapphire glass processing.”
TrendForce goes on to suggest that a sapphire display might prove to be a pain in the butt for the iWatch, too, on account of its size, while OLED would make the process “more strenuous” still.
A recent video suggested Apple’s sapphire crystal display could withstand a fair amount of punishment, though cynics (including Matt) wonder how much better it really is than Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.