A new report from a Chinese tech website says the “iPhone 7,” if that is what the phone is actually called, will have sapphire crystal glass for its display. Sapphire is the second-hardest, naturally occurring material next to diamond.
Apple tried to launch its iPhone 6 models earlier this year with sapphire but it wasn’t feasible.
Macx.cn this week, however, reported that Apple components maker Foxconn will produce the sapphire glass for the next iPhone models.
Apple does use sapphire for the Touch ID sensor and camera lenses.
The company was previously going to use GT Advanced Technologies to manufacture the sapphire but it filed for bankruptcy earlier this year. The firm is planning on shutting down two of its production plants while laying off 890 workers, reported The Verge.
“Now the Cupertino-based company has entered into Foxconn for sapphire glass for iPhones. The agreement, according to Macx.cn includes making a factory near Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, China to install manufacturing facility for sapphire crystal glass for next iPhones. This will be located not far away from the factory where Apple Smartphones are produced/assembled (by Foxconn),” says the Daily Bhaskar, which cites the Chinese report.
Other rumors about the iPhone 7 indicate Apple will feature at least a 4.7-inch screen size, according to MacWorld.
Another rumor, as reported by Time magazine, is that Apple will include “sidewall displays” on the phone, which will curve along the phone’s edges.
And Apple will likely bump up the battery life, camera, and performance for the phone.
As with previous iPhone releases, the iPhone 7 will likely be released September 2015.
Meanwhile, another designer has produced images for a new iPhone concept.