Apple’s progress in sapphire manufacturing hints to it missing on iPhone 6
Apple has a tough challenge in being able to differentiate the iPhone 6 this year. With competing devices like the HTC One (M8), the rumored Galaxy Note 4, and the LG G3, Apple needs more than just another iPhone hitting the market. We’ve heard diverse rumors pointing to the company using sapphire in order to boost the durability of its offering, but some new official news make that highly unlikely.
Apple’s sapphire partner, GT Advanced Technologies, has just posted its quarter results and has discussed the current status of its Arizona plant. If you remember, this is the facility that’s being built in order to meet Apple’s Sapphire demand. GT has reported a loss of $86 million in building this facility, but has mentioned that it is nearing capability for mass production of Apple’s demand of sapphire glass.
The problem is that if the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 began mass production in July, then this hints to this specific variant not shipping with sapphire technology. If the facility is ready by next month, this could allow the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 to launch with the technology, but it could also mean that neither of the iPhone 6 models that will launch this year will receive sapphire.
Whatever the case, we’re expecting major changes in Apple’s smartphone lineup this year. We’ll keep you posted as more information emerges.