Rumors on the web discuss that next-gen Apple 5-inch touch screen smartphone with a high resolution , and , according to recent data , the screen can be protected by a heavy-duty sapphire crystal. As reported on Thursday by 9to5Mac, Apple investment in this technology provides for the production of 100 to 200 million 5 -inch sapphire displays a year.

In early November, Apple confirmed the intention to open a factory for processing minerals in Arizona in conjunction with experts in the sapphire glass of GT Advanced Technologies. According to some reports , the Corporation has invested in the project over half a billion dollars. Such amounts indicate that the opening of the plant is aimed at the production of glass in large quantities , not only for the button “Home” or the camera lens , but for the iPhone.

According to available information , GT Advanced Technologies has already received the necessary equipment for the manufacture of a protective sapphire glass for smartphones Apple. Currently available from the manufacturer 518 high-temperature furnaces , allowing to let from 103 million to 116 million of 5- inch sapphire displays per year. In the future, the company should get another 420 such systems , which will increase production to 200 million units.

Apple now uses sapphire to protect the iPhone’s camera and fingerprint scanner Touch ID, built in the Home button at the new models iPhone 5s. Apparently, in the near future displays of smartphones and tablets will also be made ​​not from the now popular glass Gorilla Glass, and sapphires that will make them more durable .

In late January , we recall, informed sources said that Apple is rushing to launch businesses in Arizona in February of this year ” for the release of a critical component .”

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