According to reports, Apple’s iPhone 6 could well feature sapphire glass display technology.
The International Business Times is reporting that Apple has paid $578 million to GT Advanced Technologies to further “the development of its next generation, large capacity ASF furnaces to deliver low cost, high volume manufacturing of sapphire material.” Apple would certainly not invest in a technology this heavily unless it had clear designs to incorporate it into a future product. Apparently, Apple’s investment is meant to keep costs of the sapphire technology lower, so that the price isn’t reflected in a more expensive iPhone later on. Sapphire glass can really take a beating, and is purportedly more than 2.5 times more durable than Corning Gorilla Glass. One can break pieces of concrete on sapphire glass and leave no visible mark behind.
The inclusion of sapphire glass on the next iPhone would certainly be a game-changer, with the iPhone becoming near-indestructible overnight. As usual, we’ve already been exposed to a fair share of rumors about the iPhone 6, but anyone can speculate about what features the iPhone 6 will have with absolutely no evidence. This is the first concrete development we have had which may give us some insight into the iPhone 6. At the very least, it’s a safe bet to assume that sapphire glass will become the standard weapon of choice in smartphone displays of the future.