One of the big features that rumors have been claiming Apple will have on the next iPhone is a screen covered with sapphire glass. The big benefit of sapphire glass is that it is nearly indestructible and said to only be able to be scratched using a diamond. However, one analyst is now saying that an iPhone with sapphire glass is unlikely to land this year.
The analyst that thinks sapphire glass is unlikely to land this year is Rod Hall. Hall noted that right now producing sapphire displays is about ten times more expensive than using Corning Gorilla Glass. Gorilla Glass is used to cover the LCD of many of the most popular smartphones on the market, including current iPhones.
Hall believes that Apple might produce a high-end line of iPhones in limited quantity with sapphire glass, but he doesn't believe those will come until next year. The home button for the iPhone 5S is covered with sapphire glass and the lens cover is made of the material as well.