As the Apple event date nears, rumors are floating at a feverish pace and the one which is making rounds the most is one about the iPhone 6 featuring a sapphire screen. There are reasons for this to be true also.
Apple has partnered with GT Advanced Technologies last year and this has led many to contend that Apple may be planning to use the scratch resistant Sapphire stone as the screen for its touch screen. Apple has used sapphire to protect the iPhone camera lens as well as the Touch ID button on its iPhone 5. There was even a viral video on You Tube which showed a sapphire display and a butcher knife.
Sapphire is the second hardest material in the world, second only to Diamond. However Sapphire has its own downsides. Sapphire is more brittle than glass and is more prone to break than Gorilla Glass.
However breakage is a complicated process and there are many things which are involved in the process of breakage and nothing can be confirmed without actual testing and this is a very costly process. Imagine shattering a sapphire screen to test its resistance to breakage!
According to a report by Bloomberg, the iPhone 6 will also be featuring a mobile wallet function. Mobile wallet function will enable users to make secure mobile payments in a store at a touch of a button. The ‘mobile wallet function’ will make mobile payments easy and this has been made possible by including a communication chip along with a fingerprint reader which already present in recent iPhone devices. Apple has entered into a partnership with Visa Inc, American Express Co, and MasterCard Inc to this effect.
All these are speculated and we will have to wait till September 9th, when Apple will unveil its next iteration of smartphones. There were rumors earlier that Apple will unveil it wearable. It is already late with Samsung and LG already introducing their wearable in the market with moderate success. However it is now confirmed that the iwatch is going to be introduced in the first quarter of 2015. Maybe Apple wants to evaluate and learn from the failures of its predecessors so that it can make amends in its wearable.