Tuesday, May 6, 2014

iPhone 6 with Sapphire Display to Get Limited Production

New rumors are posted about iPhone 6 sapphire display model that is expected to be launched this fall. Apple is believed to present limited edition of 5.5-inch models because of their high production price. Such material for displays is quite expensive and the final cost of the popular “fruit” cell phone will not be cheap like no Apple products are.

Sapphire display is probably one of the iPhone 6 specs mentioned more often than others. The Cupertino-based company enjoys surprising the world and introducing new features, new products and new materials.
This scratch-resistant glass will reportedly become the part of just a particular amount of iPhone gadgets. 

The news is mentioned here [this is the translation from Weibo by Google]. According to this website, it will cost Apple around $280 to make the sapphire display phone while the price on materials for the iPhone 5S Retina screen was around $44. The higher expense can increase the handset’s retail price by 50 percent. In other words, iPhone 6 sapphire glass model could be offered for $1,285 in China and maybe some other countries while the iPhone 5S with 16GB is sold at $850.

It was earlier predicted by Ming-Chi Kuo [this analyst often mentions Apple devices in his analyzing reports] that the iPhone maker would use sapphire displays for premium products only. For example, the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 6 might bereleased with Retina screen and the 64GB version could get the sapphire display and Retina display options. This would give customers a choice which model and version to purchase.

Right now the company is believed to buy sapphire from other companies. Its Arizona plant starts to produce sapphire in small quantities. Once this plant begins to fully operate it will be capable of producing up to 200 million sapphire screens which is enough for Apple entire line of smartphones.


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