NO. WAY. ‘Limited volumes’ of sapphire iPhone 6 at launch?

NO. WAY. ‘Limited volumes’ of sapphire iPhone 6 at launch?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.

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JanSt / MOD  Jul. 31, 2014 at 14:28

though cynics (including Matt) wonder how much better it really is than Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3.

Gorilla Glass 3 is utterly overrated. Both the Lumia 1520 and the M8 I'm using at the mo
have scratches. I'm treating both with caution because they aren't mine. And yet....
The tempered glass sheets that Spigen sell for the iPhone 5/s/c are much much tougher

Hlt22  Jul. 31, 2014 at 16:55

It is iWatch delay all over again. As many of you may remember, Apple was supposed to release iWatch with iPhone 5/5s; they didn't and other companies like Samsung beat Apple to it.
If they don't release the new iPhone 6 with 'Sapphire', same thing will happen and Apple won't have much to compete with upcoming smart phones. I mean only a bigger screen and an slightly better processor won't be enough for a whole new generation of iPhone.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 1, 2014 at 09:03

It is iWatch delay all over again. As many of you may remember, Apple was supposed to release iWatch with iPhone 5/5s; they didn't and other companies like Samsung beat Apple to it.
If they don't release the new iPhone 6 with 'Sapphire', same thing will happen and Apple won't have much to compete with upcoming smart phones. I mean only a bigger screen and an slightly better processor won't be enough for a whole new generation of iPhone.


Apple was supposed to release iWatch with iPhone 5/5s; they didn't and other companies like Samsung beat Apple to it

Supposed to??? You are kidding? The iWatch is still not official. It is a rumour.
It WAS a rumour and nothing BUT a rumour when the iPhone 5/5S launched... (by the way: there WAS a year between the 5 and the 5S... so WHEN EXACTLY was the iWatch "supposed to be" launched? You must be joking, or you really need to get out more.

Samsung beat Apple to the launch of a THING that Apple may or may not consider launching.
AND: Samsung flopped massively. Who beat who? Samsung throwing money at a cr*p range of smartwatches to 'beat' Apple's invisible one?! Excellent. And look:

Samsung just posted bad bad bad figures:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/samsung/11002526/Samsung-pays-the-price-of-Google-domination.html

I won't even start on you sapphire logic.... Worst troll attempt ever.

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