iPhone 6 sapphire cover (Sonny Dickson 001)

The many rumors suggesting that the iPhone 6 was going to feature a sapphire display were quelled when Apple announced both new iPhones without any mention of an extremely durable sapphire screen. Now, analyst Matt Margolis reports that Apple had every intention to ship its latest iPhone with sapphire glass, but production deadlines were missed by just “weeks.”

As reported by MacRumors, the issue was not with Apple’s Arizona-based sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, but rather with the iPhone 6’s supply chain in China, which was unable to yield sufficient quantities of the displays produced with sapphire glass.

It seems that “the finishers were still having trouble creating the sapphire edges and yields were only at 25% or less,” which led to Apple canceling using sapphire as a component in the glass cover for its new displays.

The lack of a sapphire display in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus came as a disappointment to many, and the knowledge that it just barely missed its deadline is perhaps even more of a letdown. However, we can be fairly certain that the iPhone 6s models will be shipping with an abundance of sapphire displays, and the technology will likely be improved by its launch next fall.

[Wall Street Forensics via MacRumors]

  • Yash Gorana

    Doesn’t matter

  • Virus

    well they got to save something for the 6s models

    • James Gunaca

      Better camera. Better chip. Better performance.

      • Dan

        more RAM

      • Linton Findlay

        better front facing camera too 😛 maybe contactless charging too

      • Chris Gaunt

        And it will be the best iPhone yet.

      • Derp

        Not in this decade.

      • leart

        The first time i agree with you ;P
        But if they do that, will automatically kill the whole competition, so is fear to say that apple is keeping the competition alive 😀

      • adele hanks

        That’s for 7

    • dialogueanalog

      6s…s for sapphire

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    S for Sapphire. lol smh I’m satisfied with these models although if next years model has Sapphire and 4K recording, it may be tempting…and maybe then they’ll go with a 13 Megapixel camera. This is the 4th iteration with an 8. Even though I have the iPhone 5, I’m slightly disappointed in the camera upgrades. Unless this Optical Image stabilization is awesome as well as the “focus pixels”

    • eXoguti093

      If it does have a higher than 8.3mp sensor then someone will make their third-party app record in 4k. I can record 3k with my 5s… So close..

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        oh really? Well then maybe with the 6 Plus we can do something close to that. What app do you have that does that?

      • eXoguti093

        MoviePro is one of them that I know of, it lets you record it up to 200% original bitrate I believe, if you want any others just search on the App Store “2k” or “3k recording”

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Awesome! thanks! I’ll prob wait til I get my 6 Plus to use it since my 5 cant do that most likely. lol but thanks!

      • eXoguti093

        No problem, remember though, the iPhone 6/6+ won’t be able to record 4k because they still have 8mp sensors, they don’t quite reach 4k resolution, even though the processor is more than capable of handling it =/

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        True. But maybe it will do 2K in more FPS?

    • I completely agree! The camera was a huge selling point for me. 8megapixel again is a big letdown. I get the whole talk about that it doesn’t matter. But to me I can tell the difference and I want much higher quality photos. And I love taking them on my phone but I guess I’ll have to look into an actual camera now.

      • It doesn’t really matter that much. I’m currently using the same photo on my iPhone 5s and iPad 3. Believe it or not this photo was taken and edited from an iPhone 4S. I still believe Apple should add more megapixels to their camera though purely on the basis of “because they can” if they can add more megapixels why not? Even if it changes nothing it’s still more megapixels which people see on a spec-sheet and go “Look at the new iPhone it has X megapixels which is more than the amount of megapixels on the X, Y and Z smartphones…”

    • therealjjohnson

      I think this is going to be my last phone for a while. Im not too interested in 4K recording because I dont have a 4K TV and don’t really care to buy one. Too expensive for minimal gain for my uses. I thought I wanted a bigger mega pixel camera, then I realized i have printed a photo out literally in years lol. These pics are going straight to email, FB, or IG. And for that medium, This probably will be my last phone until it breaks or something.

      • Tony Trenkle Jr.

        Well I think next year 4K is going to be more mainstream. Prices on the TV’s will most likely go down and thats when Apple will strike.

  • Anmol Malhotra

    So in iPhone 6s they are going to tout s as Sapphire?

  • therealjjohnson

    I swear I don’t care what its made out of lol. The old screen worked fine with me. I don’t own anything with a sapphire screen so i can miss what i have never had.

    • GzyOnline

      LOL.. Speak on it! 😉

  • Night

    Well, I will have to wait another year to start hammering nails with my phone….

  • Willie

    iPhone 6super late sapphire display because we couldn’t make it in time for iPhone 6

  • AndroidDogHeatandSteelersFan

    I KNEW IT! iPhone 6S = S for Sapphire ! or Screen! Or Screenprovement!

  • Juan Genao

    Look if you do enough damage to the phone that the gorilla glass breaks you probably have a dead phone already.

  • James Gunaca

    Fairly certain? We have no idea if the 6s models will include sapphire.

    • A’s Network

      Maybe they would, and then the S would stand for Sapphire.

  • Eikast

    Well think of it this way, our iPhone 6+ could have weighed more.

  • Bluedav

    Can’t believe people are talking about the next iphone (6s) when the latest one hasn’t even been released. Get a grip and get ready to enjoy the new one that’s getting released next week. Anyway I’m hoping to preorder 6+ first thing tomorrow.

  • Aviorrok

    iPhone 6s = sapphire or sound (beats)

  • Wait what did anyone read that last line carefully?
    “However, we can be fairly certain that the iPhone 6s models will be
    shipping with an abundance of sapphire displays, and the technology will
    likely be improved by its launch next fall.”
    So yes or no to sapphire displays on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus?

    • Rak S

      Well… No… That’s the whole point of this post!

    • J™

      No for the 6 and 6+….
      Yes for the next model 6S

  • klouud

    I wanted to see a much improved battery (didn’t happen), sapphire screen (didn’t happen), and higher PPI for all devices (6 plus only – lame). So I’m very very glad to be an “S” purchaser at this junction.

  • Xee

    Really disappointed! Might not bother with 6/6 Plus and just wait for the 6s/6 Plus S….

  • hkgsulphate

    iPhone 6s, s stands for sapphire

  • Shadowelite123

    Dang you China!!!

  • Alex Blaha

    I’ll be happy if the 6s has a sapphire display, waterproof, more RAM, and a better front facing camera. Also I’d buy the Watch if it is round, don’t like how there’s black space between the actual screen and the edge of the watch.