iPhone with Sapphire Display Glass Reportedly in Trial Production
An iPhone with a sapphire front display glass is reportedly in trial production, according to a new report. Apple manufacturing partner Foxconn is rumored to have successfully assembled at least 100 units with sapphire as glass display. Taiwanese newspaper Apple Daily first reported this news today.
Although 100 units may not seem like a lot, the initial production is a milestone as using sapphire instead of Gorilla Glass does make the manufacture process more complicated but ultimately results in a more durable and scratch resistant screen.
Additionally, Apple's two main sapphire suppliers -- Synopsys and Bern Optics are both working to invest in tools and equipment, another sign that Apple is working to ramp up production even further. Both companies currently provide the sapphire that covers the iPhone's rear-facing camera and the iPhone 5s' Touch ID sensor.
This isn't the first rumor that we have heard of a sapphire display. We could even see it earlier than most expect.