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Apple's iPhone 6 likely will feature a 5in sapphire crystal display

Documents reveal GT Advanced Technologies is ramping up production
Mon Feb 10 2014, 12:12
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GADGET DESIGNER Apple's iPhone 6 will feature a 5in sapphire crystal display, according to documents seen by 9to5Mac.

According to the report, Apple, along with GT Advanced Technology, has acquired enough sapphire crystal furnaces to make anywhere between 100 million to 200 million 5in displays that likely will debut on the firm's next generation smartphone. If so, this will make the screen on the iPhone 6 much tougher than those on previous iDevices, which should reduce the number of cracked iPhone screens.

The website has seen documents that show that GT Advanced Technologies has already received 518 sapphire furnace and chamber systems and has ordered Intego Sirius Sapphire Display Inspection Tool components, hinting that the firm is ramping up production ahead of Apple's third quarter iPhone launch.

The document reads, "Lowering manufacturing and fabrication costs of sapphire is a key driver for accelerating the adoption of its use in new market segments such as cover screens for smartphones and mobile devices.

"GT Advanced Technologies is working with key downstream technology providers to optimize fabrication processes and technologies to lower the cost of sapphire cover screen material."

While this doesn't establish that GT Technologies is working with Apple, a recent SEC filing from the company certainly suggests that, saying that Apple and GT Advanced Technologies have entered an exclusive partnership in relation to "Consumer Electronics Products".

This isn't the first we've heard of Apple's work with sapphire crystal. Last November it was revealed that Apple will produce sapphire crystal in an Arizona plant, which is likely related to the materials used in its Touch ID fingerprint sensor.

Check out our roundup of everything you need to know about the iPhone 6. µ


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