The upcoming flagship smartphone of Apple, iPhone 6, is expected to be launched soon as reports have claimed that its production has already initiated in China. It has been reported by GSM Arena that the company is hiding the fact that the upcoming smartphone is already in the production stage in China, while UBS Research sources claimed that the sapphire screens have already been shipped for the new iPhone on the assembly line in China.
Analyst Matt Margolis has been quoted saying in the report that “approximately 100,000 to 115,000 sapphire screens could be produced from 2,200 kg of sapphire ingots. It was estimated that GT will sell the sapphire screens to Apple between $8.50 and $10 as the first wave of supply from GT Advanced to Apple suppliers was worth around $1 million.”
Apple is scheduled to release two versions of iPhone 6 this year, with one having a 4.7-inch display and the other boasting a 5.5- or 5.7-inch screen. However, it is reported that the company will first manufacture the 4.7 inch version, while the bigger version is rumored to be postponed.
The smartphone is likely to be equipped with Apple’s next OS version, iOS 8, and it would be more scratch resistant as compared to the screens of the current iPhones. The smartphone is also expected to sport several other features, including 64-bit mobile processor, a clock speed of 2.6GHz and improved RAM.
Some recent reports related to the design of the Apple’s next-generation flagship smartphone claim that it would be equipped with rounded edges and a cover glass, unlike the straight edges seen on the earlier iPhone 4 and iPhone 5S models. Meanwhile, other reports have claimed that the company is looking for a USD100 price increase for the upcoming smartphone.