Upcoming iPhone Models for UK Consumers May Have Sapphire-Coated Display
GT Advanced Technologies, a provider of sapphire crystal growth solution, has announced recently that it already formed a new partnership with Apple. It said that Apple will invest about $580 million for sapphire growth equipments and establish a new facility in Arizona. One obvious question is what the company would do with the crystal-based technology.
Apparently, the company’s upcoming smartphones will have sapphire-based display to replace the current anti-scratch coating on its iPhone models. Sources told us that the investment will be used to manufacture a sapphire layer for 5-inch display for the Apple iPhone 6. However, it is reported that these new equipments will be sufficient only to produce less than 50 million of sapphire coating layers for 5-inch display. This is far fewer than the number of iPhone units Apple produces each year.
Consequently, some have suggested that Apple’s investment will be aimed only to produce sapphire layer for camera lenses and home button covers. At the moment, Apple already places sapphire crystal layer on the TouchID scanner and camera lenses of the iPhone 5S also released in the United Kingdom. We have heard that Apple’s 3rd generation iPad Mini and the next-generation 9.7-inch iPad will be equipped with TouchID scanners.