Apple reportedly spent £350m on speeding up development of iPhone 6 screen

That sapphire glass doesn't come cheap

According to a report, Apple has spent $578 million (£353 million) to speed up the development of the special type of glass it'll use for the screen on the iPhone 6.

The iPhone 6 is rumoured to use sapphire glass for its screen. This is more expensive and trickier to produce than the Corning Gorilla Glass Apple currently uses, but it seems the Cupertino company can't wait to get it on its upcoming handset. It's so impatient, it's spent £353 million on hurrying up the development of the screen tech.

Sapphire glass is said to be much more hardwearing than the type of glass Apple currently uses. It's made by GT Advanced Technologies, who must be quite happy with the lorry load of money Apple has just parked outside its HQ.

The money will go towards developing the furnaces needed to make high volumes of the screen glass while keeping a lid on the costs.

Apple currently uses sapphire glass on the iPhone 5S's Touch ID button, and on the cover of its rear-facing camera.

Sapphire glass is said to be so hardwearing it's virtually scratch-free. Which is good news if you keep your phone in the same pocket as your keys.

Apple is said to be working on a bigger display for the iPhone 6. The iPhone 5S is looking a little small nowadays. Its 4-inch screen is dwarfed by even budget models like the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2.

Via Macworld UK