Apple on September 9 at an event unveiled a new range of iPhones, one with 4.7-inch display and the other is 5.5″ iPhone 6 Plus. Also introduced the world with its Apple Watch wearable as well, but many were expecting the iPhone smartphones will be announced with improved sapphire displays. But it doesn’t and why?
Towards the end of 2013, Apple signed a deal with GT Advanced Technologies that would see the former advance over half a billion bucks to the later, to be repaid over five years, beginning in 2015 (via PhoneArena)
In order to accelerate the latter’s progress in constructing a state-to-the-art production facility that will eventually allow sapphire glass to be produced in mass quantities and cheapy.
As far as the above note goes, that Apple is thinking of switching with the extremely tough glass (better than Gorilla Glass) with the new iPhones. Now that both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are reality, don’t get any sapphire display, rather the company used an ion-strengthened glass.
Apart from the aforementioned, Apple industry standard is Gorilla Glass, which is such material found in smartphones, tablets, laptops and TV (televisions) screens, and tio name a few other. Gorilla Glass is tempered and treated in a potassium ion bath at high temperatures to compress the structure of the glass and make it far harder to shatter, scratch or break than the standard glass.
Compared with the Gorilla Glass, Sapphire glass is purely made by treating aluminum oxide and heating to at least 3,700F, which it resulting that its a clear material which is synthetically difficult to damage or scratch – far beyond the capabilities of Gorilla Glass.
Although, Apple is reportedly holding yet another event in October 21st, where it will be launching the new iPad Air 2 (rumored), alongside OS X Yosemite 10.10 version as well, and the latest is speculated to be coming with sapphire glass display.
Currently we here got an Infographic – provided by business visual content provider Visual Capitalist, explaining problems related with the associated production and manufacture of sapphire glass-based products.
What are the difficulties of producing flaw-free sapphire glass — as the smallest flaw would compromise the integrity of the display — the involved and long process of growing synthetic sapphire crystals, and, naturally, the price of production (via ZDNet).
Interested? View the Infographic below.
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