The next generation iPhone, iPhone 6, can have a crack-free and scratch free device if Apple decide to switch its glass from Gorilla Glass to Sapphire Crystal glass.
Wondering about an iPhone which could be as hard as a military vehicle is an exciting thing for many. But is there any possibility that Apple could adopt Sapphire glass for the display of its products, is a vague question.
Corning is the premier glass supplier for Apple’s iDevices and it produce Gorilla glass, which was, at one time, considered to be the best glass for devices.
“On page 472 of Steve Jobs (book) by Walter Isaacson, we read: “We produced a glass that had never been made,” stated Corning’s CEO Wendell Weeks,” the PatentlyApple quoted a book on former Apple CEO Jobs.
But since then many radical changes have been occurred in glass technology for the electronic devices. One of the such major technologies is Sapphire glass which could make an iPhone a crack-free and scratch-free device.
However the problem is its present price, about ten times more than Gorilla glass. It means if Apple shift to Sapphire glass then it has to add an additional $ 20 to a device, which the company would never desire.
The PatentlyApple has also quoted an MIT research saying that many manufacturers are experimenting with Sapphire glass to make it as thin as a human hair or even thinner. If it is done the iPhone display and thickness could further be reduced. In addition, according the report, Apple also use Sapphire glass for its highly sophisticated camera.
So it makes sense for Apple to experiment with iPhone 6 or a future iPhone to have the Sapphire glass.
There are chances that manufactures like Rubicon Technology from US, Sapphire Technology from South Korea and Russia’s Monocrystal would come up with a Sapphire glass costing around $ 6 to 9 as compared to present cost of $ 20 to 30 for a device.
However, so far iPhone 6 is likely to have Corning’s next generation Gorilla glass that resists against scratches twice as compared to present Gorilla glass.
Hopefully we could see the ‘War Glass’ or Sapphire glass in any of future editions of iPhone unless and until there is a out of the box idea from Corning regarding its glass technology to compete with Sapphire glass.