Apple has been flirting with the idea of sapphire glass for some time, but so far it has only manifested as a minor addition to current iPhones. That could perhaps change as a new report says Apple and manufacturing partner Foxconn have begun production of a test run of iPhone devices featuring all-sapphire glass displays.
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Foxconn reportedly begins trial run of iPhone with sapphire display

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Apple has been flirting with the idea of sapphire glass for some time, but so far it has only manifested as a minor addition to current iPhones. That could perhaps change as a new report says Apple and manufacturing partner Foxconn have begun production of a test run of iPhone devices featuring all-sapphire glass displays.

Sapphire for the iPhone isn’t altogether new. Currently, the iPhone 5s utilizes the strong glass to protect the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, while both new iPhones feature sapphire over the lens of their cameras. Sapphire technology offers a highly durable form of glass, much like Corning’s Gorilla Glass. Apple’s fascination with sapphire has extended to hardware patents and even a US-based plant in Mesa, Arizona that is expected to handle production of the material.

The small scale run, which is said to number about 100 devices, will test new equipment and production methods to determine the feasibility of such a process. News of the test builds follows word that Apple’s sapphire supply partners have recently expanded their operations by investing in new cutting machines.

The test run does not guarantee we will see a sapphire display ship with the iPhone 6, but it certainly suggests Apple has not given up on the idea.

[via Apple Daily]

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