As is par for the course, rumors regarding what Apple will do next are starting to swirl as we inch inexorably closer to the announcement for the next iPhone. Heralded as the iPhone 6, and rumored to launch with two distinct versions of the new device, there is plenty of back-and-forth when it comes to the finer details. Especially the display. With so much talk regarding the size of the next iPhone, or iPhones if that turns out to be the case, there is even more speculation on just what type of screen may be implemented.
We’ve heard for quite some time that the next iPhone, whatever size it may be, will feature a sapphire display. More to the point, that the new device would boast a pixel per inch count around 441, for both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch variants. But ever since those first reports started to find their way online, it’s been up in the air whether or not Apple would actually implement the sapphire display in their upcoming handsets. Maybe they’d just do one, or both, and maybe they had plenty of sapphire glass to go around for extra devices, too.
Just a couple of days ago a new report suggested that Apple had enough sapphire glass for not only the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, but also the 5.5-inch variant and the still unannounced iWatch. That may no longer be the case, though, as a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News states that Apple may be forced to use the sapphire display in only the 5.5-inch variant, while the 4.7-inch model would come to market with Corning’s Gorilla Glass on board.
The report suggests that Apple is gearing up for a huge launch for the 4.7-inch model, with estimations of around 60 million units. If sapphire glass is indeed in short supply for Apple, then using Gorilla Glass for the smaller of the two new iPhones would indeed make sense. For the consumers out there that might not initially look at a 5.5-inch display as their next handset, the inclusion of sapphire glass could push them to a purchase — even if quantities in 2014 are rumored to be minimal.
For those still waiting for the iWatch, the report also states that the new wearable will reportedly boast an OLED display, as Apple continues to try and get almost zero-consumption of energy while in standby for the accessory. That display supposedly measures in at around 1.6-inches, and is still being exclusively provided by LG Display.
Are you more excited for the rumored 4.7- or 5.5-inch iPhone 6? Do you plan on picking up an iWatch along with the new phone if the accessory comes to market?