Considering we’re possibly less than four weeks away from the iPhone 6 launch (September 9 is the current front runner), countless details remain up in the air. Is the larger iPhone 6 arriving alongside the smaller guy? Will it launch separately? Or at all?
There’s a further question mark over the use of sapphire crystal, something we’ve been writing about incessantly for the past few weeks, and here we're told it might feature in "more expensive" iPhone 6 models. Whatever that means.
That’s the story according to anonymous sources of The Wall Street Journal, or “people familiar with the matter” if you prefer.
They’re saying that Apple is “considering using sapphire screens in more expensive models of the two new, larger iPhones”, but only “if it can get enough of the material”.
It's previously been suggested that Apple's sapphire crystal display might be exclusive to particular size/storage combinations of the iPhone 6.
Of course, Apple has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in a fancy Arizona-based facility, but while it’s reportedly been kitted out with ludicrously expensive cutting edge technology, it’s not clear if it’s running at full capacity just yet.
Nor is it clear if sapphire crystal is worth the effort. Eric Virey, a senior analyst with Yole Développement, reckons a sapphire crystal display costs $16 to produce, compared to just $3 for a Gorilla Glass panel.
Furthermore, Gorilla reckons its glass has outperformed sapphire crystal in drop tests, and reflects less light than its more expensive counterpart.
There’s also the question of Apple having to charge more for a sapphire crystal iPhone 6, when the current crop of iPhones are already among the most expensive phones money can buy.
Again, it's seemingly anyone's guess what's going on with the iPhone 6, but it'll all become clear in just under four weeks. Er, probably.