Sufficient Sapphire Glass availablility for Production of Both iPhone 6 Models and iWatch in 2014
Apple’s sapphire glass manufacturing partner GT Advanced will supply enough sapphire glass for iPhone 6 and iWatch during 2014, the finding is based on the latest supply chain inspection done by analyst Matt Margolis for Seeking Alpha (via GforGames).
As a result of my most recent supply chain check I believe that the Mesa sapphire operations will have ample supply to cover the iWatch, the 4.7″ iPhone and the 5.5″ iPhone with full sapphire cover glass in 2014. Additionally, the maximum sapphire screen capacity of the Mesa facility is likely to exceed 200m annual units.
The analysis outlines that GT Advanced has installed more than 2,500 furnaces and is anticipated to work with sapphire boules that weigh between 200-235 kg. Though the plant is awaiting its final payment from Apple so as to finish the construction and secure equipment, which is expected to be received by the end of this month.
Analyst, Matt Margolis also reckons that Apple will be preparing for mass production of devices with sapphire displays, with equipment in the factory leading to a yield between 100-200 million for 5-inch sapphire displays. An yield of over 200 million sapphire displays as suggested by this latest report signifies that Apple will perhaps produce more than enough sapphire displays for the 4.7-inch iPhone 6, the 5.5 inch iPhone 6 and the iWatch.