An article by Cult of Mac analyzes the possibility that Corning Gorilla Glass senior vice president Tony Tripeny’s arguments against the use of sapphire displays in smartphones during a Morgan Stanley conference this week could be seen as a sign that Apple is indeed planning on introducing such a device.
Corning has been Apple’s major supplier of displays in its iPhone models.
Tripeny’s protests about the numerous drawbacks of sapphire are seen as an actual confirmation of Apple’s intentions to implement the material in the rumored iPhone 6.
The article reads: “Corning’s Tripeny is essentially trying to create the perception that Corning knows something about Sapphire that Apple doesn’t. […] In fact, either Apple knows something about sapphire that corning does not, or — more likely — Corning is being disingenuous about what it knows about what Apple knows.”
Corning seems to fear that Apple could start a new trend in the industry and consequently criticizes the material.
However, Cupertino is known to have built a factory specializing in the production of sapphire in Mesa, Arizona and has an agreement with GT Advanced Technologies which will provide the material.
In addition, recently discovered correspondence between Apple and the U.S. Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) revealed that Apple plans to start producing a “critical new sub-component” at the plant.
What do you think? Do you expect Apple to implement a sapphire display in the iPhone 6?