The home button of the Apple iPhone 5S, as you probably know, comes with a sapphire cover. The material is hard and scratch resistant, so it won’t be a surprise if the company decided to use it on their future products as well. And now we are hearing that sapphire meant for upcoming Apple devices has already begun shipping from the Arizona-based factory of a supplier.
According to UBS Securities’ Stephen Chin, “Checks find [GT Advanced Technologies'] Arizona factory likely [started] producing sapphire last month. Our own checks found that for the first time GT shipped some small quantities of sapphire made in its Arizona fab to one of Apple’s partners in China who is in charge of making sapphire covers“. The furnaces that produce the sapphire are owned and operated by GT.
So on what device this sapphire is going to end up on, you ask? Maybe they are planning it to use it on the upcoming Apple iWatch. Or on an iPhone 6 model. Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities, earlier said that an upcoming Apple phablet with a 5.5-inch display might come equipped with a sapphire screen cover.
What are your thoughts about Apple’s upcoming products? Would you like it if the company replaced the Gorilla glass?