Sources close to the Apple supply and manufacturing channels say that iPhone 6 production has been hampered in recent weeks by a drastic shortage of Sapphire — the nearly indestructible material from which the glass screen for Apple’s iPhone 6 will supposed be fashioned.
With Apple planning to produce a record batch of first run iPhones (for a new-gen model at least), the immense pressure to produce enough Sapphire to meet Apple’s internal production goals has reportedly proven too great. Consequently, some are saying today that Apple’s iPhone 6 may not feature the long rumored and eagerly anticipated Sapphire glass.
iPhone 6 models sporting the cutting-edge glass screens may not debut until December at the earliest or March at the latest. Some analysts have gone as far as to say that Sapphire likely won’t surface on Apple’s smartphone until the iPhone 6s or iPhone 7 is released well into next year.
Notwithstanding these persistent (but uncorroborated by Apple) rumors, current plans still call for the iPhone 6 to reach consumers in mid-September.
Industry analysts expect Apple to produce at least 80 million iPhone 6 handsets before the end of 2014 to meet the anticipated demand for the refreshed iPhone. Consequently, Apple’s iPhone 6 will require an almost herculean production effort by Foxconn. In fact, Foxconn is poised to hire an additional 100,000 laborers ahead of the start of mass production.