Apple's sapphire display cost may be lower than we think

14 August, 2014 | Comments (64) | Post your comment

Tags: iOS, Apple, Rumors

It’s believed that coating the next generation iPhone displays with sapphire will end up costing Apple a lot of money, but new reports prove that this may not be the case.

It turns out Apple has employed some pretty ingenuous tricks in keeping the cost of its sapphire display production down. It’s all in the manufacturing process that GT Advance technologies is employing called, “Hyperion.”



So how does the process work? Well, Apple uses a cheaper glass at the base of the display, and then laminates it with sapphire closer to the top. Some believe that this process will cost as much, or even less, than Gorilla Glass for the Cupertino-based tech manufacturer, seeing as the company already has patents on sapphire laminates.

So by just cutting thin layers of sapphire for its iPhone 6 displays, Apple should be able to produce its 4.7” and 5.5” displays without a significant boost in cost.

This is of course, analytical hypothesis, but it would make sense for Apple to take the path of least resistance, and least cost.

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Apple's sapphire display cost may be lower than we think - reader comments

  • Anonymous

This is much to do about nothing. I've owned about 20 smartphones over the past 5 years (including several of the iphone models) and I've never had one scratch on any of the screens. I can't believe I'm the only one. This sounds like...

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  • 2014-08-16 06:14
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  • OdysseasP

Most Android fans know how Gorilla Glass is made. That is why they are android fans in the first place and not iPhone sheep, who know nothing about mobile phones and only buy whatever crap Apple serves them. Both Gorilla Glass and the manufacturers w...

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  • 2014-08-16 03:59
  • 3Ve6
  • OdysseasP

What don't you understand? If Apple uses a cheaper glass at the base of the display, and then laminates it with sapphire closer to the top, it is definitely not the same as using only sapphire. This has nothing to do with android fans trying to under...

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  • 2014-08-16 03:27
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