Apple Said to Have Enough Sapphire Glass for Production of Both iPhone 6 Models and iWatch in 2014

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple will reportedly have enough sapphire glass for both of its iPhone 6 models as well as the iWatch in 2014, based on the latest supply chain check at the company's sapphire glass manufacturing partner GT Advanced done by analyst Matt Margolis for Seeking Alpha (via GforGames).
    Margolis notes that GT Advanced has installed more than 2,500 furnaces and is expected to work with sapphire boules that weigh between 200 and 235 kg. The plant is waiting for its final prepayment from Apple in order to finish construction and secure equipment, which is expected to be received by the end of this month.

    Furnaces for sapphire glass production ​
    In February, Margolis estimated that Apple would be gearing up for mass production of devices with sapphire displays, with equipment in the factory leading to a yield of anywhere from 100 to 200 million ~5-inch sapphire displays. A yield of over 200 million sapphire displays as indicated by this latest report means that Apple could possibly produce more than enough sapphire displays for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 and the iWatch.

    Previous reports indicated that sapphire display supply constraints may force Apple to reserve the scratch resistant material for its larger iPhone models, with expenses perhaps driving up the retail price for consumers. Other reports suggested that initial sapphire production would target the iWatch instead of the iPhone 6, however the reported volume of raw material and equipment purchased would likely hint at bigger plans for sapphire display production.

    Apple's 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is expected to be released later this year, with the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 launching near the end of 2014. In addition to a sapphire display, both phones will likely include a thinner profile, a faster A8 processor, and an improved camera. Meanwhile, the iWatch is expected to be revealed at an October event and may launch later that month.

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  2. macs4nw macrumors 68040


    Well, they sure ramped that up pretty quickly.
  3. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
  4. tevion5 macrumors 68000


    Jul 12, 2011
    UCD, Ireland
    This might be a major selling point if implemented correctly. First to the market, and perhaps Apple are the only company in the position to actually sustain this level of expensive production.

    Samsung make your move.
  5. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Well then, hopefully we'll not see product shortages if that is the case. The iWathc won't need much glass but of course the inverse is true for the iPhone 6 - particularly for the rumored larger version
  6. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Thanks to Gorilla Glass, Samsung will make his move next year with more clear display...
    I really hope with sapphire glass will not be major difference between iPhone 6 and the next update from gorilla glass
  7. MacSince1990, Jun 15, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2014

    MacSince1990 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2009
    Jesus. Look at their stock (GTAT).

    There have been many factors that go into iPhone shortages, not just the glass.

    Are you sure the larger iPhone 6 will require more glass than the smaller one? ]
  8. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    That really is great news, it would be bad for apple to only provide sapphire glass for the 5.5" iphone.
  9. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    i second that, because until now all the rumours suggest only for 5.5" and i was upset because i want sapphire glass BUT i dont want phablet
  10. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland

    Yeah I hope this is true since I definitely won't be going for the 5.5" model if there actually is going to be one.
  11. mdridwan47 macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
  12. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    A few things, they are not the first to the market with Saphire. Cheap £100 watches even have Saphire glass. Production is dirt cheap. less than $0.10 a carat.
  13. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Pretty sure he was talking about being first to the market with phones.
  14. joshwenke macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2011
    San Jose, CA
    Hopefully they won't run out of product this time, like the last times.
  15. iOSaddict macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2014
    Apple hurry up I need to go back to iphone asap. Sick of Android :D
  16. Four oF NINE macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    Hell's Kitchen
    I much prefer the 3.5" to 4" iPhone sizes, I'm really not at all interested in a large phone, but if Tim Cook does the dick move of only putting the best performance with the larger screen size I may have to reevaluate.

    Give sapphire crystal screens to ALL iPhones! Also, make sure there's (at least) a 64 gb storage option on the smaller screen phones.
  17. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland

    I agree that provided there's enough room for the similar hardware thy shouldn't skimp out on the smaller sized devices.
  18. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
    Thats an almost unimaginable amount of sapphire. Pretty amazing they can mass produce them at a low enough price.
  19. the8thark macrumors 68040


    Apr 18, 2011
    Well said. I am in the same situation. I'll have to re-evulate my wants if only the phablets have the latest tech internals.
  20. sunking101 macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2013
    My eyes have deteriorated massively since owning my iPhone 5, which I use greatly (and charge twice a day). I've also got used to my 8" tablet and even 5" phones look small now. I'm definitely in the market for a 5.5 - 5.7" screen mobile phone. Bring it on!
  21. woodbine macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2010
    Bath, UK
    I'd be interested to know how they get from the boules to flat glass and very thin at that.
    I wonder if they shave slices or remelt it and have a float glass system. TBH I have no clue.
  22. AceMason macrumors regular

    Aug 27, 2009
    Is it normal for Apple to release different sized models a couple months apart? It seems like they usually either release different configurations at the same time or not at all. I wish they'd just release the 4.7 and 5.5 at the same time.
  23. Zwopple macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2008
  24. SMIDG3T macrumors 68040


    Apr 29, 2012
    Or not fake at all. Why would this be fake? Just think about it.
  25. Aussi3 macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2012

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