Apple released a handful of products in 2013, iPad Mini with Retina Display, iPad Air, iPhone 5s and 5c, and iOS 7. The next product expected in the mobile technology market is the iPhone 6. iPhone 6 speculations have been surfacing attached to screen definition.
Screen size and material has generated the largest impact in iPhone discussions. The iPhone 6 is confirmed to have a 4.7-inch screen. This is .7 inches larger than the iPhone 5s. The increased screen size does not represent a huge jump in size. Apple’s direct competitor Samsung still features a larger display on their flagship phone. The Samsung S4 screen is 5 inches and Microsoft’s HTC One matches with 4.7 inches.
Apple’s decision to continue with screen size below 5 inches is to optimize one hand navigation. This explains why Apple intends to release two separate iPhone 6s. The 4.7-inch and then the 5.6-inch to capture the phablet, a phone with tablet size screen, market. Speculation is still involved in the confirmation of two iPhone 6s, but if true this would be the first time Apple has sold the same iPhone with two different sizes.
Insider sources according to Techthirsty are confirming that Apple intends on entering the phablet market. The larger screen size will increase competition with the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Sony Xperia Z. The new screen will be an imposing 5.6 inches. Apple has labeled the 5.6-inch behemoth an experiment in production. Dubbed an experiment because the phablet will have specifications dramatically different than the current iPhone line.
Another unseen adjustment related to the iPhone 6 screen is material used. According to Modern Readers the iPhone 6 will incorporate sapphire crystal. Apple spent $500 million in 2013 to acquire GT Advanced Technologies. GT specializes in supplying sapphire displays and Apple has purchased enough sapphire to manufacture 100 to 200 million iPhone 6 units.
The innovative thinking of Apple to use sapphire screens gives the company multipurpose competitive value. Apple’s stronghold on the sapphire market limits other smart phone companies from using the material. Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, planned on including sapphire glass in his 4.5-inch handset called the Edge. Shuttleworth had this to say after Apple’s power move, “Apple just snapped up the entire three-year supply of the same sapphire display we wanted for the Edge.”
The popularity of sapphire glass is for its unbreakable protection. Sapphire is scratch resistant and the second hardest material to diamond. Current glass protecting the iPhone and iPad home screen is Gorilla Glass. The iPhone 5s did incorporate Sapphire in the 5s iSight camera and home button. Sapphire is also used in high quality watches and semiconductors.
Unbreakable protection comes with a price tag. Reports have yet to define whether iPhone 6 prices will increase as a result of sapphire glass or Apple will absorb production costs.
“The arrival of sapphire means a dramatic increase in the cost of making an iPhone, as sapphire is far more expensive than the present Gorilla Glass, but it remains unknown whether the price of a single iPhone will go up,” as stated by South China Morning Post. Depending on memory the 5S costs between $649-849 unlocked and contract-free.
Apple is expected to release their newest product in June or September. These dates would follow typical chronological patterns. Speculation will continue surfacing about iPhone 6 screen definition.
By Niles Olson
International Business Times