Earlier it was reported that Apple has enough sapphire glass to be featured in both its iPhone 6 models and the smartwatch. However, later some rumors suggested that Cupertino manufacturer might not introduce sapphire in all of its latest products this year due to increased cost issue. Today, the Wall Street Journal has reported that Apple's upcoming iWatch sapphire display is confirmed. Packing the smartwatch with the durable sapphire glass will help Apple make up for the delay in introducing a smartwatch. Sapphire display glass is much more resistant to scratches and wear and tear making it quite a dependable feature for a product that is worn everyday.
iWatch Sapphire display reports:
The Wall Street Journal claims that the Sapphire glass for iWatch and iPhone will start rolling off the production this month in company's Arizona factory. However, the report gets a bit shaky when it mentions that Apple is considering using Sapphire screens for its iPhones as it seems to be too late for considering something at this stage when iPhone 6 is expected to be launched next month in September. Here is the text from the Wall Street Journal:
"Apple is considering using sapphire screens in more-expensive models of the two new, larger iPhones it plans to debut this fall, if it can get enough of the material, people familiar with the matter say. Some analysts expect Apple to charge more for the phones than previous new models, because of increased component costs.
If the use of sapphire leads to fewer broken screens, Apple may save money in warranty costs. But Bernstein Research analyst Toni Sacconaghi says those savings likely wouldn’t offset sapphire’s higher cost." - WSJ
Apple's plans of featuring the expensive but much more durable Sapphire glass in both its expected iPhone 6 variants and the iWatch have been leaked since last few months. It seems like there is definitely something cooking at Cupertino. While Apple may not feature the expensive glass in all the expected three products, it might be considering to introduce it in at least one - perhaps the iWatch or the larger 5.5" iPhone 6.
- Source: The Wall Street Journal