Now that Samsung has already played its flagship card for the year 2014, it is but obvious that the attention will focus on it’s chief rival Apple for what they might have up their sleeves for 2014. There have been numerous rumors about the iPhone 6 and the most common has been that the device will come with a larger 4.7 inch display as compared to the 4 inch on the iPhone 5s. It is also being speculated that the iPhone 6 will have minimum bezels a bit like LG G2 if you will. However, one speculation that is rather interesting is that Apple may use a Sapphire Glass as compared to Corning Gorilla Glass on the iPhone. Let’s try and investigate and try to make sense of the move if it materializes.
An interesting video on Sapphire glass manufacturing courtesy Pocket Now
A Sapphire Glass is considerably stronger and Scratch Resistant than Gorilla Glass and Apple has used it before
A Sapphire Glass unlike what the name suggests, is not a glass. It is a single crystal of transparent Sapphire. It is one of the most expensive materials out there given the high production costs. However, Sapphire is one of the best materials for transparency and resistance to scratching. It measures a very high 9 on the Mohs Scale when it comes to rating which is just one lower than Diamond for scratch resistance. Given very high melting temperature and wide operating temperature scales, Sapphire sounds at least in theory to be the perfect material for the front of long lasting smartphones. Not just this, Apple has widely used Sapphire glass before in their Camera Lens of the iPhone and in the Touch ID, so experience is definitely there too.
Apple recently invested $578 Million into GT Technologies
GT Advanced Technologies is a company that produces Sapphire Glass. In a recent report by the Forbes it was mentioned that the earning reports of GTAT shows significant investment by Apple which indicates their interest in the material. A case may be made that Apple could use the same Sapphire Glass for it’s iWatch which is reportedly in works too for a late 2014 release, but you just feel that $578 Million is a very heavy investment for a product that has not even taken to the market. Given how successful the iPhones have been and knowledge that people would still buy the iPhone 6 no matter what, the investment makes more sense if done for the device.
Cracked Screens is one of the biggest complains from users when it comes to iPhones
A report from Newslite said that at least 42% of the iPhones that are used are used with cracked or imperfect screens. This is a huge number and given how expensive these devices are, sure, its a blemish on the image of Apple when it’s customers are using cracked screens. In fact, at least 27% of the customers, according to the same report face issue with cracking or breaking of screen within the first month of using the device. It’s also a compliment to the company that so many of the users are using the device with screens broken simply cause the device works just as well as it did with intact screen. However, cracked screens can be dangerous and Apple, as a company that actually cares and listens to the customers, would sure want to change this and would move to something harder that makes sure the devices stay intact for longer.
It would be like laying an Industry Marker
Apple is known to be a company of firsts. They were the ones who made smartphones what they are, they were the leaders of the PC revolution and also the flag bearers for the march into the tablet mutiny. It would be little surprise if Sapphire glass is indeed the major talking point of the iPhone 6. When the world is talking about dust proof and water proof devices, imagine Apple coming up with a shatter proof device! Just think about that, it would cause an upsurge that could actually make the gossip columns of the tech world, stand up and take notice of a certain Mr Tim Cook.