The new features of the soon-to-be-released iPhone 6 have been a hot topic lately. The most reliable reports about the device typically come from Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s suppliers. Recently, insiders at Foxconn Technology Co. Ltd. (TPE:2354) said that the iPhone 6 will come in two screen sizes, one with 4.7-inch screen and a phablet with 5.7-inch screen. Now, another large supplier of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) has announced that it will soon start manufacturing the 3D curved Gorilla glass for the iPhone 6 screen. The screen will be crack- and scratch-proof.
iPhone 6 with 3D curved display
Experts say that the latest glass technology from Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW) may be used in the iPhone 6 and iWatch. Both devices have been rumored to feature a curved display. Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW)’s product manager for the 3D Gorilla glass, Scott Forester said that the latest manufacturing technique will help the company produce the curved glass more efficiently and cheaply. Corning Inc. (NYSE:GLW)’s Gorilla glass was a key feature of the original iPhone.
The new glass can bend up to 80 degrees and mold into various shapes. The iPhone 6 requires a glass strong enough not to crack and still be light weight. If used in the iPhone 6, the latest Gorilla glass will be a notch above the other smartphones with curved display from Korean manufacturers. The investment research firm Forester added that the 3D, curved Gorilla glass may replace the metal and plastic bezels in smartphones, as well as replace mechanical buttons with touchscreen alternatives. However, Forester declined to clarify whether Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is going to use the new glass in its upcoming smartphone.
iPhone 6 camera to rival digital SLRs
In another development, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has confirmed that it has purchased SnappyLabs, the Australia-based maker of photography app SnappyCam. The app can take 30 high resolution photos per second, compared to just 10 from the current iPhone 5S camera. It’s best for taking shots of action scenes, allowing users to select the best shot. The Cupertino-based tech giant purchased the startup to enhance the photography features of its devices. The high resolution, rapid-fire burst mode shooting could be the ultimate selling point of the iPhone 6.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares were down 0.74% to $537 in pre-market trading Monday.