Market research firm TrendForce claims that Apple’s manufacturing partners haven’t receive the material needed for the production of the smartphone.
The publication writes that shipping of the sapphire panels to suppliers should have already started in June ahead of the rumored September release.
“Yet, the research institute did not discover demands for smartphone cover glass. The sapphire glass version new iPhone will be issued in limited volumes this year, mostly because sapphire ingot manufacturers yield rates were lower than forecasts and issues involved in sapphire glass processing,” TrendForce wrote.
In addition, limited sapphire demand hasn’t generated a “price uptick” as sapphire ingot, substrate and patterned sapphire substrate (PSS) prices have dropped in July.
As far as the iWatch is concerned, analysts are skeptical towards the possibility that the device will incorporate sapphire glass, with “further observations” required.
“Since sapphire glass processing is relatively difficult, it would be problematic to mass produce sapphire watch cover glass,” TrendForce wrote. “Additionally, sapphire glass processing will become even more strenuous if the wearable device uses flexible OLED panels.”
Last year Apple signed a $578m contract with GT Advanced Technologies, a company that processes the sapphire, sparking rumors that the smartphone will feature the material.
Orlando Bloom has reportedly attempted to punch Justin Bieber on Wednesday in a Spanish club in Ibiza.
TMZ wrote that, according to a version of the story, Orlando came into altercation with Bieber after he was allegedly offended by the British actor.
In fact, the site reported that they have received different versions of the incident, the other being that the Canadian singer extended his hand to Bloom and he refused it.
Bloom didn’t reportedly manage to punch Bieber in the altercation.
Rumors have circulated in the media alleging that Orlando’s former wife, Miranda Kerr, and Justin Bieber got close after a Victoria’s Secret show in November 2012.
The story seems a little strange taking into consideration Bieber’s age in 2012, as he turned 18 on March 1 that year, while Miranda Kerr was 29 at the time. Plus, the supermodel was still married to Bloom in 2012.
Also, Bloom was photographed together with Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend, at a party in April this year.
Another strange thing is that after the incident Justin published a photo on his Instagram account with Miranda Kerr in a swimsuit and associated an image of a crown symbol to it. Later, the picture was deleted.
He also posted a picture of Bloom, who was apparently crying.
Anyway, all this fuss in based on rumors. And yet why did this accident happen?
After reports claimed that the production of the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 started this month, GforGames alleges that the 5.5-inch version will enter the manufacturing stage in September.
Previous reports have suggested that production on the next-gen iPad Mini and iPad Air will also start in September.
The report adds that the larger model of the iPhone 6 could arrive on the market in December 2014.
The site’s sources also suggest that the rumored iWatch will join the 5.5-inch smartphone on its December release.
As the iWatch is a gadget that is set to accompany a smartphone, the site writes that if it isn’t ready before the 4.7-inch iPhone is unveiled, then a launch alongside the phablet iPhone is highly probable.