Important differentiator between SS and sport model

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by twinshastra, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. twinshastra macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2014
  2. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    Now I'm not entirely certain, but I think you're reading that wrong. I believe they're trying to say that on most models, the display is laminated to sapphire, implying that the Sport model is laminated to the ion-glass instead.
  3. twinshastra thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2014
    I am not convinced either... If it were true then they would just say that for all models and they specifically don't say that for the sport models. They say " On watches in the Sport collection, protection is provided by strengthened Ion-X glass."


    I think I might be reading too much into it but apart from the materials, this could be a key differentiator for the higher price of SS model as screen lamination adds some cost.
  4. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    The iPad air 2 has a laminated gapless screen, while the cheaper iPad mini 3 isn't laminated to the screen. Makes sense that they would forgo lamination in the cheaper watch.

    I think I also saw something somewhere about different amounts of light passing through sapphire vs. normal glass. Perhaps the lamination helps with that.
  5. twinshastra thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 10, 2014
    This might not be apparent at first look....but i can definitely see the difference between my wife's iPhone 5c and my 5s. The lamination would make for a bigger difference in readability on a much smaller screen. I hope some reviewers point this out ....if at all there is this issue.
  6. J4B3 macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2012
    Gamma Quadrant
    It would create a production headache to make one model with laminated glass and one without all in the same chassis. Laminating the glass allows for a thinner body, the component arrangement would have to be very different on the sport and SS for this to really work. I think it's just a clumsy sentence.

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