iPhone 6 concept (Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino 003)

That sapphire has become the smartphone industry’s latest new buzzword can be attributed to Apple. The Cupertino company has confirmed dropping north of $500 million for the procurement of cutting-edge furnaces and other sophisticated equipment needed for its new sapphire plant, the world’s largest.

That facility is located in Mesa, Arizona and run on Apple’s behalf by a company called GT Advanced Technologies.

Moreover, GT’s scientists have created a process called Hyperion 4 Ion Implanter to help mass-produce sapphire at affordable prices. Now, it’s been rumored for months that Apple, which holds a patent for ‘Sapphire Laminates,’ will protect the iPhone 6’s screen with ultra-thin sheets made from the precious gemstone.

With sapphire’s hardness being second only to diamond, such a device would feature a virtually unbreakable screen. And with an estimated 20 percent of all broken iPhones suffering from smashed displays, sapphire could protect your pricey investment in case of accidental drops.

Analysts caution that a high-end feature like a sapphire-strengthened screen could easily translate into a premium price. Which brings me to my question of the day: would you be willing to pay extra for an iPhone 6 with a sapphire screen?

Assuming Apple can get enough of the material, Tim Cook & Co. are reportedly mulling sapphire screens “in more-expensive models” of the two larger iPhones debuting this Fall, according to the exact wording of this Wall Street Journal report.

iPhone 6 concept (Tomas Moyano and Nicolas Aichino 001)

The not-so-reliable Jefferies analyst Peter Misek claimed earlier this year that Apple had been negotiating with wireless carriers to raise the iPhone 6 price due to the use of sapphire, with Chinese supply chain sources corroborating the notion.

So, would sapphire be worth a premium to you, do you think?

Cast your vote below.

I want to hear your thoughts on the matter.

As someone who has against all odds managed to drop two iPhones so far, I know how painful it is having to swallow the cost of replacement screens. Just thinking about these incidents makes me wanna pay a $100 or more for an iPhone 6 with a sapphire display.

If you like this poll, check out other polls in our archive.

iPhone 6 renderings courtesy of designers Tomas Moyano and Nicolàs Aichino.

  • Blaqheart

    No.

    • Completely agree. I already have to pay extra for storage I don’t want to have to pay extra for a sapphire screen too…

    • I want to say No but it definitely does depend on the price for me.

    • JayDee917

      I’d pay up to a $50 premium for a sapphire screen.

      Anything more than that would be Apple milking the consumer.

  • Valinor

    I guess i would pay 60 dollars extra for a sapphire screen.
    I always buy glass screenprotectors which cost me around 30 dollars.
    And most of the time need a 2nd one when the first one breaks or comes off.
    So yeah 60 dollars extra would be ok for me.

  • Simche Apple Konstantinovic

    I don’t think this will be attractive to anyone. It’s hard enough to buy the current “non-saphire” retina iPhones in cash or by getting the phone via a 2 year contract because of the high monthly fee. Hopefully this isn’t true.

    • Kieran.Lillis

      “Assuming Apple can get enough of the material, Tim Cook & Co. are reportedly mulling sapphire screens “in more-expensive models” of the two larger iPhones” – they’re saying that there could be two models with sapphire screens and two without, not just models with sapphire.

  • Virus

    sapphire screen should be standard for the 64gb and 128gb models

    • Martynet

      exactly

    • Falk M.

      Capacity should be the only thing you get for more capacity.
      It’s stupid enough already they don’t give you GPS with WiFi-only models of the iPad, something that’s hard to justify for Average Joe.

      Yes, GPS is built-into the cellular chip, so what, order seperate GPS chips. Oh that hurts your margin? At least be a little more upfront that the Cellular models are actually Cellular+GPS models.

      Some of the few bad policies by Apple.

      • Dennis Cimmino

        “Capacity should be the only thing you get for more capacity.” ARE YOU HIGH?

      • Falk M.

        Are you or is it just you why you get so snide in all caps due to off phrasing?

      • Dennis Cimmino

        Just making a joke

      • Falk M.

        Fair enough, guess I don’t wear my joke glasses today. :/

  • Muhammad !

    I’m sorry for posting this here but Instagram keeps crashing !! Is there anyone else who has the same problem ???

  • Jason Baroni

    Yes, I would. In my country it costs US$350 for a phone replacement when you crack your screen. Better to pay US$100 on a better model than any other phone.

  • credulousgeek

    Yes

  • Jorge Banuelos

    I spend about 50 on lifetime invisibleshield by Zagg. I would do 50 towards the sapphire as long as it scratch proof, which from the looks of what we know it will be.

    • Jamessmooth

      Couldn’t agree more. I use Zagg as well and it works perfect. In fact, I don’t even know if I can get used to using a phone without it since I’ve had it for so many years! Although, if it cost extra for the 5.5″ model, I’d pay it since that’s the one I want

  • Amit

    I guess it would depend on how much extra would it be.

    Here’s hoping they won’t go higher than 50$, which is agreeable.

  • jay

    They make already so much money that I don’t see a reason to pay. I currently having a one plus and the price is what I think a phone should be. Apple has enough money and don’t think they need so much more.

  • JS3

    i kno this is off topic but i was just wanting to get an answer and posting in a old old article doesnt give you the best odds for getting that.

    my question is it safe to jailbreak a phone right now? i have a 5s and im getting extremely bored with it. im actually looking for a m8 to switch to but if that doesnt happen i think im going to JB my phone. im not a noob by any means i just wanna know if the latest tool is safe as i saw there were a few issues. any help would be great!

    • ins0mniac1

      Go right ahead. Now is the perfect time as there is a window open while Apple continues to sign iOS 7.1.2 (so you can restore and jailbreak the latest version with no problems, and that’s worst case scenario). The latest Pangu tool is one of the easiest jailbreaks yet. There’s an iDB guide that walks you through the process step by step,

    • Mark Erickson

      Yes it is more than safe to jailbreak with Pangu. just make sure you go to pang.lo to download it. I have mine currently jailbroken with iOS 7.1.2.

  • totallymichael

    No. Apple has gotten away with overcharging for far too long. $100 for $2 worth of 16GB flash? Yeah, no. They can keep their sapphire and sell me a 32GB model at base price. It’s f-ing 2014.

    • James Gunaca

      Historically, storage upgrades have been Apples highest margin add on across all their devices. It’s sad, really. A $100 premium for an additional 16 or 32GB flash module is a rip off.

  • h4nd0fg0d

    Sure, why not. Money grows on trees doesn’t it?

  • Utrarunner5

    I think if Apple made it waterproof as well I would buy it. Otherwise I’ll take the extra money and buy a LifeProof.

  • Chindavon

    Hail no

  • Falk M.

    Product evolution shouldn’t come at a premium, other things that made the iPhone expensive yesterday are cheaper today as well.

    Speaking of falling component prices, fix your price table and base capacity of NAND in iOS devices, Apple.

    2014 and 16GB is still the base configuration for a premium smartphone that is your company’s flagship?
    Even for iPad, the hip computer in a bag with no wires?

    Oh Apple… It’d be funny if it wasn’t so annoying.

  • TonyVee73

    No. I’m good. I have an iPhone 5 and 4S and the 4S is freakin great. I’ve been using my 4S as my main phone for a few weeks.

  • TonyVee73

    I can’t wait to read the posts of people that have break entheir “unbreakable” sapphire screens.

  • auci

    I would pay $200 more for better battery

  • Abi Manyu

    yes, yes and yes!!

  • Geoffrey Spencer

    Definitely YES. No more protective plastic on the screen.

  • Dennis Cimmino

    Depending on amount, yes – $50 more sounds reasonable since I’d be spending that on a case anyway. With the way iPhones are being built now (both the beauty and durability), a case shouldn’t even be a thought.

  • Brian 

    iOS 8 already comes with Sapphire displays, you just have to update your iPhone’s when it is released to get this feature. Not currently supported on betas.

  • Brandon Weidema

    considering i’ve already had to pay $600 in repairs for damaged screens… yes.

  • SkyFall

    No. Where I live the iPhone starts at 700 Euro (16 GB) off contract, and 500 with contract. With the sapphire screen the 16 GB (if they keep the 16GB) would cost over 1000 Euro, so no.

  • Jason B

    I voted yes, but I have to explain that only if the base model comes with 32GB of storage. If they give us the same 16GB, then a $100 premium is not worth just the screen upgrade.

  • @dongiuj

    Nope

  • James Gunaca

    Yes but only if there were no other option. I don’t want iphone with or without sapphire pricing. Just give us the feature and bake it into the cost.

  • Rowan09

    If the Sapphire screen does something besides being “scratch resistant” then yes.

  • Franklin Richards

    I have yet to break a screen on any of my iPhones but I like the security of knowing that I’d be able to get one that is even harder to break. Because accidents will happen and I’d much rather be safe than sorry.

  • Ethan Humphrey

    If it was the only iPhone then I wouldnt care. But if it was like the 5c 5s relationship then I would buy the less expensive one without Sapphire screen

  • Jack Wong

    Yes.

    • DroidGuy360

      lol, ur last name is wong

      • Jack Wong

        LOL… -.-;

    • DroidGuy360

      hey, what’s wong?

  • Chetan

    Yes!! I’ll pay for screen rather than bumpers and cases..

  • QuarterSwede

    I use my iPhone 5 naked and it has yet to get a scratch on it. Total waste of extra money.

  • ClaudieX X

    Why “NO” is the most up voted comment but on the question “YES” duplicates the negative answers???

  • Gary le

    Decreasing cost for consumers is good but if you used a case your good to go.

  • n0ahcruz3

    Its still a ripoff phone lol

  • Matt

    I love how that’s says unbreakable when clearly that’s not true

  • La Cucaracha

    I would pay extra for a BJ

    • DroidGuy360

      tim cook would be happy to oblige.

  • n0ahcruz3

    I wouldnt buy a screen protector thats for sure. But i’ll still buy a case i dont want any dents scuffs on my pricey iphone. And it helps with the resale value if its free of any damage.

  • Jeffery Leo

    Definitely NO

  • DroidGuy360

    “of course, ill pay 10x the price for anything apple, i must have everything apple, they are the best company in the world, all their products are the best, omg iphones are the best no matter what, ipads too, and ipods, omg i love apple and i just came.”

    – said every apple fanboy