The iPhone 6 May Use A Sapphire Display - And Consumers Want It

The iPhone 6 is on its way, with both models – the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch – expected to be unveiled at an event reported to take place on September 9th. One of the latest rumors floating around is that both models will have variants that use sapphire displays. Sapphire displays are commonly found on luxury watches and are much more scratch-resistant than other materials.

The likely reason that Apple would produce a sapphire display variant rather than just using it for all the models is that using sapphire would be much more expensive than their usual Corning Gorilla Glass. According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, each sapphire display could cost $16 to make, as opposed to the $3 it would take to produce a Gorilla Glass display.

However, according to a new survey conducted by iPhone marketplace uSell.com, when asked what they wanted most out of an iPhone 6, a whopping 45.5-percent of participants said they wanted a sapphire screen. If the feature really is that high in demand, maybe people would be okay paying a higher price. A cracked or damaged screen can really take the wind out of a smartphone’s sails, so it’s not hard to imagine that people would pay more for protection against that.

To all you iPhone users out there, how important is sapphire to you? Is Gorilla Glass not cutting it?

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