When Apple launches its two new iPhones later this year, the devices will come with a new sapphire screen instead of the traditional glass one as well as carry a heftier price tag than the iPhone 5 and 5S.
The Wall Street Journal reports, according to Yole Developpement’s senior analyst Eric Virey, that the glass screen on previous iPhone models cost just $3, whereas a sapphire screen can cost up to $16 per device.
Sapphire, for those who don’t know, is used for the face of many luxury watches due to its more scratch-resistant nature than regular glass.
The report from The Wall Street Journal claims that Apple is seriously considering the use of sapphire for both versions of the new iPhone, provided the company can produce enough screens in time for a fall launch.
The current plan calls for mass production of the newest iPhones later this month. However, if the company can’t lock down enough sapphire screens within the next couple of weeks, fans may still be stuck with the glass screens that have been used for years.
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Mike’s Musings: Any time something is done to make phones more durable, I’m a fan of it. That being said, you’d think that if Apple really wanted sapphire used for the screen that the company would’ve began planning for this months ago.