Although we know that Apple has spent a lot of money to team up with GT Advanced to created a sapphire glass manufacturing facility, we haven’t up until now had any direct confirmation on whether or not it that glass would be used for the screen of the iPhone 6. All we’ve heard are rumors, which right now say that sapphire glass will be limited to the most premium models of Apple’s latest smartphone.
But thanks to a rather loose-lipped former GT Advanced employee, we might have our first real confirmation that Apple and GT Advanced have been working to ship the iPhone 6 with a sapphire glass display.
According to a LinkedIn updated by former GT Product Manager Paul Matthews, he spent his time at the company helping “spearhead” Apple’s sapphire glass display for future iPhones:
Worked with GT Advanced Technology to help market and sell the idear [sic] of sapphire as a cover screen for mobile devices to Apple. […]
After marketing and selling the ASF [advanced sapphire furnace] into the LED market targeted mobile screen covers as a market for growth, conducted a focused marketing campaign and developed a cost model across the supply chain that has brought sapphire to Apple’s mobile display.
Matthews spent three years working for GT Advanced before leaving to join Applied Materials. It’s worth noting that Matthews doesn’t straightout say that sapphire glass displays will come to the iPhone 6, but instead just “Apple’s mobile displays,” which could mean the iPhone, iPad, and iWatch. Matthews has since deleted his LinkedIn profile.
Whether or not we’ll see such sapphire glass screens come preinstalled on the devices announced on Tuesday is still unknow, but luckily, we only have two days to wait to find out.