DigiTimes Research reports that GT Advanced, Apple’s partner in the production of sapphire displays, will only manufacture from 9% to 16% of sapphire displays for the rumored iPhone 6.
The report’s estimation was based on the company’s forecast sales of $188 to $348 million.
The article reads: “Assuming that the new-generation iPhone will have a 5-inch screen, then the forecast sapphire revenues are translated into output of 6.27-11.6 million 5-inch sapphire-made screen covers. As Digitimes Research estimates that Apple will ship 70 million units of the new-generation iPhone in 2014, the output of sapphire screen covers frm GTAT will account for 9.0-16.6% of the iPhone shipments.”
But the information contradicts analyst Matt Margolis’ claims last month that GT Advanced purchased 518 sapphire furnace and chamber systems, with additional 420 machines set to arrive.
Margolis believes GT Advanced would be able to produce between 103 and 116 million displays every year, with a possible extra 84 to 94 million.
This could be taken as an indicator that 100 to 200 million 5-inch sapphire displays could be produced.
The iPhone 6 has long been rumored to bring a larger sapphire display.