Rumors so far claimed that sapphire crystal will be used as the replacement for the Corning Gorilla Glass on the iPhone 6 display, but according to recent reports it could be that the iWatch will be the first device to use it.
Price is said to be the deciding factor, as Apple has apparently been unable to devise a way to add sapphire to the iPhone without substantially increasing the device’s cost. The rumors cropped up on a number of Chinese websites and were first noted by GforGames.
Citing “Taiwan supply chain insiders”, Chinese media sources [Via GforGames] report that the implementation of a sapphire screen would substantially increase the smartphone’s price.
The 2-inch display of the rumored iWatch would actually carry a protective sapphire layer, and due to the device’s smaller size production costs would be significantly reduced as compared to the iPhone 6.
Last week it was reported that GT Advanced Technologies, a company that processes the sapphire and which was purchased by Apple in 2013, has purchased a significant amount of equipment dedicated to the production of sapphire.