Apple’s iWatch May Debut With Sapphire Display; Not So for iPhone 6

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Source: iWatch Concept by Todd Hamilton

Rumors have surfaced that Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) sapphire display will make its debut in its long-awaited iWatch, ahead of the iPhone 6, according to a report from AppleInsider.

Apparently, Apple is currently testing beta iPhone units that sport sapphire displays, but has run into difficulties integrating the sapphire layer without dramatically increasing the cost of the device. In contrast, the iWatch’s comparatively tiny, 2-inch display makes the cost of the sapphire layer much more manageable; the iWatch will likely debut with a sapphire display much like other high-end wristwatches.

Initial rumors of the new sapphire displays cropped up on a volley of Chinese tech websites, which cite “Taiwan supply chain insiders,” and Taiwanese media reported last month that Apple’s primary manufacturer, Foxconn, had finished assembling prototype versions of the new iPhone with a sapphire display, but that the iPhone 6 would not likely be debuting with the new screens, per GForGames.

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