iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Limited to 5.5" Model as LG Struggles with iWatch Display Power Draw?

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With conflicting opinions about whether Apple and partner GT Advanced Technologies will have enough sapphire crystal production ramped up for both rumored iPhone 6 models and the iWatch, Taiwan's Economic Daily News is now weighing in [Google Translate, via G 4 Games] with its own claims that only the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model will include a sapphire display due to production limitations.

    According to the report, the smaller 4.7-inch model will continue to use Corning's Gorilla Glass and represent the bulk of shipments for the new iPhone. From G 4 Games:
    The report also addresses Apple's rumored iWatch, claiming that LG Display has been struggling to meet Apple's demand of nearly zero energy use in standby mode for the device's display. From G 4 Games:
    Sources for the report reiterate previous claims that Quanta will be handling the bulk of iWatch production, although Inventec will reportedly also be helping out.

    According to today's report, the iPhone 6 and the iWatch will be introduced at the end of the third quarter, roughly in line with rumors and Apple's recent iPhone launch history putting this year's introductions in the September-October timeframe.

    Article Link: iPhone 6 Sapphire Display Limited to 5.5" Model as LG Struggles with iWatch Display Power Draw?
  2. nepalisherpa macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2011
  3. Ballis macrumors 6502a

    May 27, 2008
    Oslo, Norway
    still getting the smallest phone. hardly think saphire will make that much of a difference anyways
  4. Z400Racer37 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2011
    BS if its not sapphire on the one that's a reasonable size then I'm not upgrading.
  5. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    The other day Apple had plenty of sapphire in production and now they don't. Analysts don't know. We'll know when we actually know.
  6. Bare macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2008
    These "reports" are all over the place. We won't know until Apple tells us.

    I have a difficult time believing that they'd release two phones with the same name at (nearly) the same time and use two different materials for the screens.
  7. bluestarCVO macrumors member


    Mar 20, 2012
    Agreed! I'm not going to buy a huge phone just so I can have that best/latest features.
  8. thisisdallas macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2012
    So first, Apple doesn't have the 5.5" model ready
    Next, they have both ready
    After that, they have plenty of glass
    Now, they've got only enough glass for the 5.5" model.

    I'm just going to go out on a limb and say that both models with feature the sapphire glass and everything will be right on schedule. Honestly my guess is probably as good as these analyst guesses at this point.
  9. Merkyworks macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    You are right....I'm going to buy a huge phone cause I want a larger screen :p
  10. poppe macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2006
    Woodland Hills
    What is a display in standby mode doing? I mean what is drawing power, do they keep the light panels warm so they are instantly on? I know nothing about screens so hopefully someone can shed some light on it for me.
  11. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    i sometimes need to remind myself that apple hasn't yet shown off the phone. that's quite a testament to the quality of these mockups
  12. x-evil-x macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2008
  13. kcwookie macrumors member

    Dec 1, 2003

    They have enough sapphire glass for a bigger phone, but not for a littler phone. That makes no sense at all. This is just a rumor to convince people to buy the bigger phone.
  14. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's because apple isn't spelling the beans - they're being as secretive as they possibly can.
  15. Jakexb macrumors 6502a

    Mar 18, 2014
    Total speculation at this point.

    I love the story about Apple pressing for the display to do something that was previously thought to be impossible. That's the kind of stuff that will give them a moat for awhile while everyone else tries to figure out how to copy it. Forget sensors, if Apple could get the iWatch to have a fitbit-like battery life (1 week between charges), that would magical in itself.
  16. Goldfrapp macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    Analysts talking out of their anals, as always.
  17. darkslide29 macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    Well, I think we have finally hit full circle. One of the analysts will be right, and they'll be looked at as geniuses who should be listened to for the iPhone 6S predictions next year. Based on their great iPhone 6 track record. :rolleyes:
  18. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    i will hate Apple if they will focus all the premium materials only for the 5.5"
  19. Manzzle macrumors regular


    Jun 11, 2012
    Does any of this really matters?

    Glass is glass and it can be broken so if they use the glass they use now or this new sapphire, I'm sure if the phone falls from my hand and hit cement out side it will be a "cha ching" sound to Apple.
  20. TimWillz macrumors member


    Apr 3, 2013
  21. Goldfrapp macrumors 68040


    Jul 31, 2005
    Who cares about other sizes.

    The bigger the better. You can do so much more with it.
  22. DotCom2 macrumors 68030

    Feb 22, 2009
    How do you know the names are going to be the same? :rolleyes:
  23. JoEw macrumors 65816


    Nov 29, 2009
    I don't want the phablet iPhone, but I do want a sapphire screen!

    I am tired of screen covers.
  24. Enabledobject macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2014
  25. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    These iPhone stories are all over the place.

    We still have yet to see a real leak of the 5.5" model. Most of the stories are that it will launch later than the 4.7" and be limited in supply.

    The 4.7" model is definitely coming at this point. There have been too many leaks, and all signs point to yes.

    As for the Sapphire, I do think they will not have enough for the 4.7" model. I think they will launch the 5.5" at a later date, and that does in fact explain this discrepancy. It will also carry a $100 premium.

    The iWatch is without question having battery issues, but at this point Apple will be almost "forced" to launch it by the end of the year regardless of where it is at. It may not be perfect, but Apple needs something to promote the Gen 2 model anyway.

    Personally, I just hope I can preorder the iPhone 6 online unlike last year. That was so ridiculous.

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