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  • johnnie_beans johnnie_beans Jan 9, 2014 3:37 PM Flag

    Skinny is in?

    iPhone6 Air with a thin slice of sapphire instead of a thick slice of Gorilla dung?

    Based on the image (of a leaked potential new IPhone6 frame), the iPhone 6 is said to come with a 4.7-inch screen (or something around that figure), and it may be even thinner than the iPhone 5S. That wouldn’t be surprising at all, considering how Apple loves to make its devices ever slimmer (see the iPad Air for a recent example). In fact, a few days ago a report from South Korea said the iPhone 6 will be just 6 mm thin, and will be called iPhone Air. While these things could easily be the figment of someone’s imagination, both moves seem plausible. And that report talked about it having a 4.7-inch display too.
    Because this frame is shorter than we expected for an iPhone, if the same screen aspect ratio is kept as seen in previous devices, then Apple may have finally decided to cut the top and bottom bezels somewhat, which would be a very welcome change indeed.

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    • The iPhone "Air" concept that showed up overseas already has Gorilla Glass on it and the entire phone weighed 70 grams.

      • 2 Replies to dr.tjm42
      • You're talking about a "concept" phone? That doesn't reflect the reality that AAPL is going sapphire, hence the agreement with GTAT. Samsung has an ownership stake in Gorilla Glass, making it less likely that AAPL will rely on GG in the future.

        Sentiment: Strong Buy

      • Why do you care about concept designs? High school kids in art class can design one ?

        Designer Arthur Reis imagined the next iPhone 6 and posted photos in his Flickr account. He visualized the handset to pack 4.4 inches Full HD screen display. The screen is slightly increased from its original size. Apple may join the bandwagon of 1080p displays. However, for the sake of developers, it needs to keep the same resolution or pixel density as the current set of devices.

        The current Retina display of the iPhone will be reinforced with Sapphire glass for protection. A plight of rumours claimed that iPhone 6 will use of an extremely strong Sapphire glass for the smartphone's screen display. The technology is already used by the company on the cover of iPhone 5S and Touch ID home button. Sapphire glass is claimed to be twice stronger than the Gorilla Glass from Corning, which is used in most Android smartphones.

    • This one calls leak bs

      While we had initially decided to refrain from posting the images due to their extremely dubious nature, their increasing visibility today bears addressing. For a number of reasons, including several outlined here, we believe that the part shown in these images is not legitimate.

      - The part appears to be a midframe such as that found in earlier iPhone models, allowing components to be attached to both sides of the part before being enclosed in the device's shell. Apple did away with midframe components as of the iPhone 5, opting for a unibody rear shell design that allows components to be mounted directly to the shell, yielding a thinner design. A return to a design requiring a midframe part would seem unlikely given Apple's emphasis on thinness.

      - The frame seems to show accommodation for a headphone jack at the same end of the device where a circular feature presumably corresponding to the device's rear camera is positioned, undoubtedly the top end. With the shift to the narrower Lightning connector in the iPhone 5, Apple shifted the location of the iPhone's headphone jack to the bottom edge of the device, matching the position seen on the iPod touch since its launch and allowing the headphone cable to naturally fall so as to not interfere with viewing of the device's screen. Moving the headphone jack back to the top edge of the device for the iPhone 6 appears unlikely, though not impossible.

      In the face of those apparent inconsistencies with Apple's design direction, there is essentially no evidence in favor of this part being from an iPhone, leaving only the original poster's claim as support. The part is rather unremarkable with what appears to be fairly poor finish quality, meaning that it could be from one of any number of devices in the Asian supply chain.

    • Seems to early for leaked images ?

      Phablet info should leak anytime. iPhone air definitely super slim 1/2 width of iPhone 3s I read.

    • Benefits to Smartphone Manufacturers and Brand Owners

      Improved Brand Equity – Smartphone brand owners are
      experiencing a deterioration of their brand equity due to high
      screen breakage rates as screens become thinner and larger. ASF
      Grown Sapphire display screens offer superior performance
      over existing display screen glass material, providing an
      inherent “cachet” which will enhance brand equity.
      Product Differentiation – As smartphone and mobile device
      competition increases, many models have been forced to
      compete on incremental improvements, such as screen size,
      user interface, application ecosphere, etc. ASF Grown Sapphire
      display screens provide a new level of performance in terms
      of durability and improve the user experience by delivering
      a crystal clear viewing surface free of scratches throughout
      the useful lifetime of the device. Device makers that offer a
      superior solution that addresses their display screen breakage
      problems will have the opportunity to differentiate themselves
      in a highly competitive market.

      Benefits to End Users
      Durable, Scratch-Free Display Screens – Scratched
      glass display screens weaken the strength of the screen
      itself thereby increasing the chance that the screen will
      crack if dropped. ASF Grown Sapphire material solves
      this problem because it will not scratch. Scratches also
      diminish visual quality of the new vivid display technology
      being incorporated into new devices. ASF Grown Sapphire
      will preserve the visual impact of these new screens by
      maintaining its crystal clarity for a better user experience.

      Lower Cost of Ownership – A broken phone screen can
      be very expensive. Companies charge anywhere from $50
      to $200 to replace a broken display screen on a phone that
      is still under a manufacturer’s warranty. This cost can go up
      significantly once outside of the warranty period.

      And we now know who bought in to the superior performance of sapphire from GTAT.

 
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