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Apple Just Missed Launching the iPhone 6 With a Sapphire Display, Report Says

by Jacob Kleinman | September 11, 2014September 11, 2014 6:00 pm PDT

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There were a lot of rumors leading up to the iPhone 6 launch this week, and while some of them turned out to be true others were proven wrong. One popular claim earlier this year was that the new smartphones would feature super-durable sapphire glass screens. It turns out the only new Apple product with a sapphire display is the Apple Watch, but according to a new report from Wall Street Forensics that almost wasn’t the case.

It turns out Apple really did want to release its new iPhones with sapphire displays, but wasn’t able to get them manufactured in time. In fact, the company’s Arizona facility was apparently producing the material as quickly as possible until just a few weeks ago. At the end of the day there simply wasn’t enough sapphire to use for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, forcing Apple to pivot to a strengthened Gorilla Glass instead just a few weeks before the new phones were announced.

Wall Street Forensics also reveals that sapphire glass panels that weren’t approved for the iPhone 6 were used for the upcoming Apple Watch instead, so at least that material won’t go to waste. The report adds that production at Apple’s Arizona facility isn’t slowing down anytime soon, suggesting the company might try again for a sapphire smartphone in the future.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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