Rumor: Apple to Partner with Foxconn For Sapphire iPhone Screen

Submitted by lalit on December 24, 2014 - 5:35pm.

Foxconn has been Apple’s iPhone manufacturing partner since the beginning and after failed attempts at manufacturing sapphire iPhone screens with GTA, Apple is planning to partner up with Foxconn to manufacture sapphire screens, according to Cult of Mac.

Cult of Mac wrote, “While Foxconn has no actual experience growing sapphire, it is reportedly very interested in the material, and has been actively pursuing various sapphire related patents over the past several years. Foxconn’s array of sapphire patents include LCD displays with sapphire, protective sapphire covers, methods of sapphire growth, as well as a laser process to cut sapphire substrates to eliminate the need for grinding and polishing.”

For manufacturing sapphire iPhone screens for next generation iPhones, Apple will need around 3,000 - 165kg sapphire boule producing furnaces or 2,000 - 262kg sapphire boule producing furnaces and Foxconn’s involvement could help fund such a big endeavor.

[Via Cult of Mac]