Apple iPhone 6 Rumors: Sapphire Glass, Throwing a Curve?
Apple is building a sapphire glass plant in Arizona in partnership with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT). Apple’s investment means ramping up supplies of the scratch and shatter-resistant synthetic crystal, which it currently uses to protect the iPhone 5s camera and Touch ID sensor.
With the release of curved glass phones like Samsung’s Galaxy Round and the LG Flex, there has also been speculation the iPhone 6 might incorporate glass that curves down at the edges and possibly might include pressure-sensitivity sensors.
Also circulating in the Apple iPhone 6 rumors posts are claims that Apple is planning to bake solar charging capability into that sapphire screen. Although GTAC does offer solar products, this one seems like wishful thinking (at least for 2014) — but if the rumor turns out to be true, it would give Apple some serious battery life bragging rights.