An investment note we’ve seen from analyst and GTAT investor Matt Margolis claims that all 5.5-inch models of the iPhone 6 will come with sapphire screens, while the 4.7-inch model will get either sapphire or Gorilla Glass depending on the specification.
According to sources close to Foxconn’s manufacturing operations the iPhone 6 will come built with sapphire cover screens in both sizes. These sources have also indicated that the 4.7” Phone 6 is being assembled in two varieties, a sapphire cover screen version and a version featuring Gorilla Glass. At this point I do not know the approximate mix between the two cover screen options on the 4.7” iPhone 6. My latest check on the 5.5” iPhone 6 indicates that all units of the device are expected to come protected by a sapphire cover screen at this point …
It should be noted that Margolis is on record as being heavily-invested in GTAT’s sapphire plant. He reported a week ago that Apple planned to expand production at the plant, citing a letter to the U.S. Department of Commerce advising of the plans.
The analyst also repeats earlier rumors that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will go on sale in September, while both 5.5-inch model and iWatch won’t be available for purchase until October. Both models are, however, expected to be announced on 9th September.