Why Sapphire doesn’t work out for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones


Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) has always been the one to stand out of the crowd. With new models each year, the tech giant had tried to incorporate better features in its products. Prior to the release of iPhone 6, there were rumors in the market that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was to add a sapphire-based screen to it.


The company thought that with this incorporation, the phone will steer clear of scratches and any sort of breakages. However, the company’s current iPhone is made up of Corning’s Gorilla Glass. This material is somewhat scratchproof but not as effective as sapphire. For years since the company has begun selling its iPhones, all its customers every required were two things: unbreakable screen and long lasting battery life.

It’s a shame however that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) wasn’t able to deliver any sort of unbreakable iPhone. The rumors definitely created hype in the market but their hopes went down in the dumps when people got to know it wasn’t the case. Don’t get me wrong, the launch was a hit with demand more than supply yet this factor was a letdown for sure. It was found that sapphire wasn’t really the reliable material people thought it was as it is easily breakable compared to glass.

Quoting the sapphire screen story written in Time Magazine by Tim Bajarin, he stated that sources have let him in on news that sapphire was never really the choice for Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Bajarin continued to state the problems that the sapphire screen has. The biggest problem may be the thickness and weight of the sapphire. With such thing smartphones at this time, this wouldn’t be wise for companies to deliver to customers.

Another problem is the cost of sapphire being 10 times more than the cost of a glass sheet. This cost for the company would have led to another $100 increase in the iPhone price which may not be wise as the iPhone 6 plus would end up to $1,000 which would not be accepted by consumers. One other problem stated by Bajarin was that even though sapphire is good at scratch prevention, it is not so good with preventing breakages. Glass on the other hand, has chemicals which helps it’s prevent cracks growing into bigger problems.

However, sapphire is still being used for iPhone camera screens in order to act as a scratch resistant. Sapphire is also used on a few Apple Watches due to the lesser risk of dropping the watch and in turn breaking it. Since phones are thinner and sleek, they may break while putting into your pocket as they hit the ground instead or accidently slipping out of your hand. So basically the bottom line is that iPhones do break but in order to prevent breakages you might want to purchase a really good case with thick material. This seems as the only method at the time until Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) pulls its socks up and finds other ways to deal with breakages and scratches altogether.