Earlier this week it was reported that Apple has patented a special technique involving the use of sapphire as a coating display future iPhone. Only a few days, while Taiwan portal Apple Daily, known for its reliable sources, has already announced the start of the test production of the first batch of iPhone major supplier of Apple – the company Foxconn.
According to MacRumors, just 100 units were produced with sapphire glass cover, which currently are undergoing the first test. Although mass production of next-generation iPhone is not running, you can safely assume that in the future the corporation plans to abandon the use of glass Gorilla Glass sapphire in favor of its counterpart. Another question – will it happen this year.
It also reported that the company Synopsys and Bern Optics, the main suppliers of sapphire for Apple, investing large amounts of cash for the purchase of additional equipment to meet future needs in the technology giant sapphire protective glasses for the iPhone. In addition, Cupertino negotiations with the Swiss company Meyer Burger Technologies – manufacturer of machines for processing of rare materials.
Apple uses sapphire already in their devices, but not in such quantity. Sapphire crystal is used to protect the camera iPhone, and also covers the fingerprint reader Touch ID in iPhone 5s . To establish production of protective glass for displays its smartphones, the company will have to acquire reliable suppliers who are able to avoid the acute shortage of spare parts during the high demand for iPhone.
In November last year it was reported that Apple is going to build a plant for the production of sapphire crystal in Mesa, Arizona. His new project the corporation sells together with GT Advanced Technologies. The latter, incidentally, has recently started to recruit employees to the new factory.
Use protective coating sapphire allow Apple to significantly increase lifespan displays iPhone, because, as you know, broken screen gadget – one of the most common reasons for a service call.
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