Trusted Reviews is supported by its audience. If you purchase through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

iPhone 6 sapphire glass screen reportedly costing Apple £350m to develop

New iPhone 6 rumours have surfaced, with latest reports suggesting the phone’s upcoming sapphire glass screen has cost Apple more than £350 million to develop.

With the Cupertino-based company said to have splashed out more than half a billion dollars on improving its next flagship phone’s screen, reports from the International Business Times have suggested the company has splurged some $578 million (£353m) on speeding up the development of the resilient glass.

Although the near scratch proof sapphire glass is already used on the iPhone 5S to cover both the fingerprint reader incorporating Touch ID home button and camera lens, Apple is said to be planning to use the toughened glass to cover the entire iPhone 6 screen.

In a bid to meet its own iPhone 6 timescales, the manufacturer is said to have poured vast amounts of money into the increased development of sapphire glass.

Described as “virtually scratch free,” sapphire glass is roughly two and half time tougher than the Corning Gorilla Glass coating found on many flagship smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S4.

According to latest reports, Apple paid sapphire glass manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies £350m to speed up “the development of its next generation, large capacity ASF furnaces to deliver low cost, high volume manufacturing of sapphire material.”

One of many iPhone 6 rumours currently doing the rounds, it has been repeatedly suggested that the next-gen Apple handset will face another increase in size.

With the iPhone 5 taking things from 3.5-inches to 4-inches, the iPhone 6 will reportedly play host to a larger, 4.7-inch to 5-inch panel as well as the standard improved camera optics and speedier processor bumps.

Next, read all the latest Samsung Galaxy S5 rumours

Why trust our journalism?

Founded in 2003, Trusted Reviews exists to give our readers thorough, unbiased and independent advice on what to buy.

Today, we have millions of users a month from around the world, and assess more than 1,000 products a year.

author icon

Editorial independence

Editorial independence means being able to give an unbiased verdict about a product or company, with the avoidance of conflicts of interest. To ensure this is possible, every member of the editorial staff follows a clear code of conduct.

author icon

Professional conduct

We also expect our journalists to follow clear ethical standards in their work. Our staff members must strive for honesty and accuracy in everything they do. We follow the IPSO Editors’ code of practice to underpin these standards.

Trusted Reviews Logo

Sign up to our newsletter

Get the best of Trusted Reviews delivered right to your inbox.

This is a test error message with some extra words