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Apple never planned to use sapphire crystal on the iPhone 6

Apple never planned to use sapphire crystal on the iPhone 6

September 17, 2014

Are you still upset your new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus won’t be arriving with a sapphire crystal display? Don’t be. A new report from Time says that Apple was never going to use the new material on this year’s iPhone models.

They note that sapphire was “never targeted” for the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and “its role in future iPhones hasn’t been decided yet.”

Time continues:

Also, anyone who knows the manufacturing process knows that to make tens of millions of screens for an iPhone launch, the orders for those screens had to be put in place well over six months ago and planned meticulously into the final manufacturing of these new smartphones.

So why were all of the rumors wrong? Apple’s hefty investment in GT Advanced, a sapphire manufacturing company, led “all of us” to assume “that this meant Apple would put sapphire screens in the new iPhones.” Instead, the material is being used on the Apple Watch, which will be available in “early 2015.”

Remember this story when we begin hearing rumors that the “iPhone 6s” will feature a sapphire crystal display.

The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus arrive in stores on Friday, Sept. 19 with ion-strengthened curved glass (Gorilla Glass) instead of sapphire.

See also: TAG Heuer plans to launch own smart watch to take on Apple WatchApple posts a guide detailing how Android users can make the switch to an iPhone, and Check out the first unboxing video of Apple’s iPhone 6.

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