Apple is said to introduce new, larger iPhones “6” and next gen iPhone 5c in Quarter 3 of 2014. According to rumor, the new phones are expected to boast 4.7 and 5.5 inch Retina displays. Apple introduced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c last September.
AppleRumors.NET reported last week that Apple signed a deal with Sapphire glass manufacturer GT Advanced Technology. Apple’s nearly half billion dollar investment will likely allow for the next gen iPhone to sport sapphire displays. Also reported on the next gen iPhone is LiquidMetal, a powerful and strong alloy which could make the iPhone nearly indestructible.
Apple currently uses Sapphire on its iPhone 5s (the camera lens and Touch ID sensor) and LiquidMetal for the SIM ejector.
Apple today signed a deal with Sapphire display manufacturer GT Advanced Technology for $578 Million. GT Advanced Technology creates virtually indestructible sapphire displays, one of the hardest stones in the world.
Touch ID – Sapphire
Currently, Apple uses sapphire on its iPhone 5s (and 5) for the camera lens and the newly introduced Touch ID. The precious stone helps to protect against scratches. Additionally, sapphire is extremely lucid, allowing for a clear image (or in the case of a display, clear resolution).
Sapphire displays currently sell for about $30, in comparison, Gorilla Glass costs approximately $2-3 per display. The hefty price of Sapphire is expected to decrease to about $10 per display.
I would personally love to see a 5 inch sapphire iPhone 6 in 2014. Analysts also expect Apple will implement sapphire crystal into the rumored iWatch, expected to debut sometime next year.