And one Very Special New Generation Handset in particular.
According to a March 2012 post by 9to5Mac's Seth Weintraub, Apple and Corning's relationship has been "shrouded in mystery." The glassmaker was never mentioned in Apple marketing material and "even isn't included in Apple's supplier lists," he wrote. But on March 2, 2012, "Apple released its US Jobs report which included the following info: 'Corning employees in Kentucky and New York who create the majority of the glass for iPhone...,'" Weintraub noted.
"Debuted at the Consumer Electronics Show this week, Gorilla Glass 3 has been conditioned to be less brittle than ever before thanks to an ion-bonding treatment and some clever atomic jiggery-pokery that we're not even going to pretend to understand," Leggett wrote, with disarming humility. (But the neat British-ism "jiggery-pokery" usually suggests trickery or underhandedness rather than manipulation.)
With somewhat less humility, Leggett didn't hesitate to draw the obvious conclusion.
"With rumours indicating that Samsung could opt for a plastic screen for its next kit - possibly even a flexible one - we think [GG3 is] most likely to debut on the sixth-gen iPhone," he declared. "Especially given that Gorilla Glass has featured in every iPhone since the iPhone 4 dropped back in 2010."
iPhone 6 will be a higher-end iPhone
Without a trace of irony, a BGR post this week says that a "new report adds weight to recent rumors" that Apple will launch more than one iPhone model by mid-2013.
The "report" is that treasure trove of firsthand, in-depth knowledge called the Note to Investors, this one by stock analyst T. Michael Walkley, of Canaccord Genuity. In the note, Walkley "sees," according to BGR's Zach Epstein, "Apple launching a new 'higher-end iPhone' sometime in the June quarter, and a low-end model could be in the works as well."
Whoa. Not just a cheaper iPhone 6-or-whatever but also a more expensive one!
According to BGR, Walkley wrote, "We believe Apple could launch a higher-end iPhone model by the June quarter versus its more typical September/October timing for a new iPhone launch. We also believe Apple could potentially launch a lower-end iPhone focused on more price-sensitive pre-paid markets, as we believe consumers in markets such as China, Latin America and Eastern Europe would have very strong demand for a more affordably priced 3G iPhone."
Walkley clearly is willing to take the Rumor Games to the next level, since among the most fecund of recent rumors has been the one insisting that Apple must, must introduce a less expensive version of the iPhone, or face Collapse, Failure, Utter Destruction, and the End of the World.
Probably the more expensive Next iPhone will have a much larger screen, in super high-def with IGZO, a quad-core processor, bigger battery, a kaleidoscope of colors, and Gorilla Glass 3 if not 4. Oh yes: and NFC contactless payments.
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