Apple’s sapphire production costs may limit the 5.5-inch iPhone 6
We’ve seen very mixed rumors regarding the future display of the iPhone 6. While some have speculated that the actual glass of the display will be replaced by sapphire, others have predicted that this will be a screen protector of the higher-end iPhones with more storage. Whatever the case may be, we know that Apple has done its best to reduce the cost of each sapphire display in order to be able to complete in costs with other companies, though it seems not enough has been done.
Reports indicate that the sapphire production costs are still too steep for Apple to be able to deliver enough 5.5-inch iPhone models on time. If you remember, Apple struggled with sapphire production with the home button of the iPhone 5s, and this could mean that whenever Apple decides to launch the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, it’ll do so in limited quantities. At the moment the number seems kind of off, but the report mentions that the cost is still around $280, compared to the estimated goal that Apple should focus on of $44.
Apple’s iPhone 6 is set to launch this year, and even though it’s hard to determine which will be Apple’s move when it comes to sapphire, we’re sure the company didn’t build a manufacturing facility just for fun.