iPhone 6 Display
It’s not easy keeping track of all the various new-iPhone-related rumors swirling around on the internet, but when rumors pop up related to screen materials and durability, it definitely catches my interest especially with the iPhone 6 Display. (and if you are an iPhone enthusiast, I’m sure you are interested as well).
I recently read that on the iPhone 6, Apple intends to use a sapphire-crystal display instead of Corning’s Gorilla Glass.
Just Google sapphire-crystal, and you’ll find a ton of videos that show how sapphire-crystal is superior. Bricks, knifes, rocks, keys, seem to have no effect on the sapphire display, which is second to only diamond in hardness.
However, when Corning first started getting wind of the potential change up by Apple, they released a document that basically said not so fast…Gorilla Glass is better!
Sapphire Glass vs Gorilla Glass
Here is a quote from their Press Release last year. James R. Steiner, senior vice president and general manager of Corning’s Specialty Materials said the following…
“Recently, speculation has arisen that manufactured sapphire crystal might become an alternative to Corning’s Gorilla Glass. “Sapphire’s performance as a cover for high-end watches probably leads to the current speculation. But those covers are much smaller than a mobile phone and are two to three times thicker than Gorilla Glass. In one of our commonly accepted strength tests, sapphire breaks more easily than Gorilla Glass after the same simulated use. Additionally, sapphire’s cost and environmental hit are huge issues…”
The press release continues to explain how Gorilla Glass is about half the weight, uses 99% less energy to make, produces a brighter display, and is about the 10th of the cost of sapphire. You can see the full document here.
Despite Cornings objections, Apple apparently has already inked a deal with GT Advanced Technologies, a maker of sapphire materials. However, Apple could still just use the GT sapphire to make more home buttons and camera components, so it sounds to me like a sapphire iPhone screens is not yet a sure thing.
Whether its a sapphire-crystal display or Gorilla Glass, neither material is indestructible and they are not immune cracking and breaking. The good news is that LoosePrices will always be here to fix your iPhone screen, regardless of the material Apple chooses to use, and we’ll do it fast, affordable, and guaranteed, just like we always have here in the Boise area.