There have been enough leaks about Apple’s plans to bring in sapphire display covers on the iPhone 6. The latest one, though, comes from the horse’s mouth. Former GT employee Paul Matthews has let it slip that Apple is indeed unveiling an iPhone 6 with sapphire display on September 9. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
First spotted by MacRumors, Paul Matthews on his professional LinkedIn page has written that he played a key role in convincing Apple to use sapphire for display covers on mobile devices. According to his professional page, Matthews spent three years at GT before leaving in January to join Applied Materials. Matthews does not disclose the name of the mobile devices, but if its Apple, it has to be the iPhone. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
GT Advanced Technologies had announced last year, that they had struck a multi-year, $578 million contract with Apple to supply advanced sapphire material. The deal did not give out any details on how Apple is planning to use that sapphire, but rumors about a sapphire display have surfaced ever since.
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With Matthews little slip on LinkedIn, it seems like the days of scratch-free, light and tough display screens prone to much less damage are not far. He further attests to the news by writing in his ‘Strategic Aspect’ column:
After marketing and selling the ASF [advanced sapphire furnace] into the LED market targeted mobile screen covers as a market for growth, conducted a focused marketing campaign and developed a cost model across the supply chain that has brought sapphire to Apple s mobile display.
Talking about sapphire displays, the iWatch is also rumored to be protected with the expensive material. At the September 9 event in Cupertino, Apple is set to unveil two variant of the iPhone 6 along with the iWatch and iPad Air 2. The event kicks off at 10:30PM, and Apple will be live streaming the event on its website. Alternatively you can also follow our iPhone 6 live blog.