After months of speculation, Apple’s iPhone 6 didn't ship with a sapphire display, after all. But it appears the next edition of the handset will pack a screen using the extra tough material.
A report from China Economic Weekly claims that Apple has asked major supplier Foxconn to build the screen.
Foxconn is said to have struck an agreement with the city government in Zhengzhou to build a display factory by one of its assembly plants.
If true, this marks the latest stage in Apple’s attempts to bring sapphire screens to its iOS products.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were both slated to use the material, but low yield rates meant plans were scrapped.
The company working on the screens for Apple throughout 2014, GT Advanced, last month filed for bankruptcy after failing to meet Cupertino’s demands.
A bitter legal wrangle ensued, with executives from each firm accusing the other of causing GT’s demise.
The next-generation iPhone is not likely to make an appearance until late 2015.