Will ‘iPhone 6’ feature Solar-Charging Panels within a Sapphire Glass Display?

Last week, it was reported that Foxconn has succeeded in assembling prototype next-generation iPhone units with sapphire-covered displays and today, we have a report from SeekingAlpha claiming that the ‘iPhone 6’ as well as the next generation iPod touch may feature solar-charging panels within their sapphire glass displays.


Analyst Matt Margolis points out that Apple has recently signed a $578 million contract with GT Advanced Technologies for sapphire glass, and has also posted job listings for manufacturing design engineers, with references to solar cells and lasers in the job description. Furthermore, Apple has filed a handful of solar patents in recent months that may allow the company to power devices through solar cells. Most important of all, the analyst notes that GT has been able to significantly reduce the cost of sapphire glass, from $13-18 to just $3-5 per screen, making it a financially viable alternative to Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which costs $3 per screen.

“Over the last four days there have been three, very significant, buzz worthy events, linked to the next generation iPhone. #1 GT in an almost Apple like fashion sent out a postcard to Mesa, AZ residents. After reviewing the postcard there was one phrase that stuck out like a sore thumb. The phrase reads as follows, “Right now we’re looking for people to join the team behind our new state-of-the-art sapphire material manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona.” The use of “state-of-the-art” sets the tone for what is going to be manufactured in the Mesa facility. Producing high volume, low cost, sapphire cover screens is what I consider to be state of the art.”

Of course none of this is a sure bet but the pieces of the puzzle do fit together pretty well. What do you think?

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  • Edge


  • Edge

    And of course the simple reason for that one word answer: these kinds of agreements happen way before a new phone, not months before mass production.

  • WatDah


  • WatDah

    I really can’t comprehend a sapphire screen as big as a mobile device costing only $3…? Does it even make sense for Apple to invest in a sapphire screen for their phones, when they are already making huge profits using the best technology Corning has to offer (and which Corning will continue to improve upon on their own) for the same price? A new project perhaps, just not a screen for an iPhone.

  • newmark888

    Solar panels!? Someone actually believes the phone is going to have !@$#ing solar panels on it?! What percentage of the population keeps their devices in some kind of case? A majority of them. How often does everyone’s phone see the actual light of day even if it’s not in a case? Barely.

    Anyone that thinks the iphone is going to have solar panels on it needs to be hit over the head with an idiot stick.

  • WatDah

    You can’t argue that they have an awesome job! Rephrase what others are saying, add some stuff of their own, stir up the pot, make people go crazy, repeat every other day, gets paid, and all that without having to be responsible for whatever they’ve said!

  • xxxJDxxx

    Well if the phone was made out of sapphire glass there might not be a need for a case anymore.

  • Sean

    This saphire glass will be the contact surface for all apple products in the future, not just the iPhone. Think iPad, iPod (and Touch), TV’s, Mac screens…everything.

  • Sean

    I think people are meshing the fact that GT makes silicone cells for solar panels and they make saphire glass, which leads them to the idea that the iPhone (using SG) will have a solar panel.

  • Edge

    This is a very accurate description. Don’t be fooled, this site does not exist to be responsible promoting news, it’s to gain clicks and make money. To be fair, that’s pretty much true for every other site like this too.

  • NoOneCares

    Not as stupid as you make it sound. Solar panel can be behind the screen – which sees the light if day all the time. And it doesn’t have to be sunlight – any light source will do – the technology has advanced. The biggest “no” in this post is iPhone6, it would be the iPhone7 at the earliest (2 years from this fall). It won’t happen this year, and won’t happen in an “s” year.

  • pradeep

    iPhone 6 with sapphire display is really great,,..