The iPhone 6’s much–rumoured sapphire display was a notable missing feature when the handset was finally given the official nod earlier this week. And now it’s been revealed that the toughened screen missed making the cut by a matter of weeks.
Analyst Matt Margolis says he has spoken with supply chain sources who said that the company making the screens for Apple, GT Advanced Technologies, were suffering from yield rates as low as 25%.
Margolis, however, says that a deal between Apple and GT is likely to remain in place, with the former still paying for the latter to develop screens using the technology. Sapphire’s extreme strength holds huge appeal for Apple, as it looks to create hardier products that don’t shatter when dropped.
GT saw its stock drop as it hinted at the start of August that it wouldn’t be able to match Apple’s demands for iPhone 6 sapphire screens. Apple is expecting to sell around 80 million units of its new iPhone before the end of the year.
The iPhone 6 goes on pre–order today and will hit shelves on 19 September.
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