Apple rings Foxconn to produce sapphire screen for next generation iPhones
During the drama which played out before Apple unveiled the iPhone 6, rumors had it that the Cupertino company will use sapphire glass for the phone’s screen. At one point, only the larger iPhone 6 Plus was said to be packing the technology. However, when the two smartphones broke cover on 9th September 2014, none had any sort of sapphire on board, save for the ones used on the home button of the two devices.
Apple does not want to miss out on the technology, again as early reports show that LG might protect it’s 2105 G4 flagship with sapphire while China’s Huawei has already molded and released something built with the invention. With the way things are panning out, sapphire looks like it’s going to be the future of mobile phones as the glass is confirmed as rock-solid, proof to hard scratches and highly resistant to drops.
Foxconn and Apple has allegedly struck a deal in Taiwan where the iPhone producer signaled the OEM to construct a sapphire production factory opposite an iPhone 6 assembly plant in the Asian country.
China Economic Weekly reports that the 133-hectare plot where the plant is being built on, will also be home for all sorts of Apple iPhone and iPad screens. Despite filing for bankruptcy, Apple’s former sapphire partners GT Advanced Technologies Inc., helped place sapphire glasses on the home button of Apple’s iPad Air 2 tablet.