February 11, 2014
For months, numerous reports have suggested Apple was planning to add a sapphire display to the “iPhone 6.” A new report says otherwise. According to GforGames, “Chinese media sources” say that Apple will forgo a sapphire display on the next round of iPhones due to price. Instead, Cupertino will bring the new material to the so-called “iWatch,” which is likely to feature a a smaller (and less expensive) 2-inch display. This doesn’t mean Apple is giving up on producing an iPhone with a sapphire display. “These sources claim that “beta” iPhone units (read: some of the prototypes Apple is currently testing) are already sporting sapphire protected panels, but unfortunately, chances are that they will not make it on the final product.” I wouldn't give much credibility to this report until other sources confirm it. Nonetheless, one thing is clear, Apple won't bring an iPhone to market if the price isn't right for both the company and the consumer. Earlier in the day, Joe White reported that Apple has asked Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) to produce Touch ID fingerprint sensors for the iPhone 6. He noted that TSMC would use the same method as the one on the iPhone 5s. "Though higher 12-inch wafer level packaging (WLP) had been cited as a possibility for the next-generation handset’s fingerprint scanner, Apple has apparently asked TSMC maintain eight inch production in order to foster higher yield rates," he said. See also: The Latest Apple 'iPhone 6' Concept Video Shows 3 New Handsets Putting On A Show, and Here's What Happens When Concrete Is Dragged Across A Sapphire-Coated iPhone.