This Week’s Chitter Chatter – Disappearing Sapphire Screens, the HTC Desire 620 and MC Siri

Sapphire_GlassEver wondered what happen to the sapphire screens on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus? Apparently, it didn’t happen due to issues with producing sapphire glass in the quantities needed in time for the launch. However, Apple have apparently not ruled it out for future iPhones. It’s rumoured that Apple have been in talks with Foxconn and that sapphire glass screens could mass produced exclusively for Apple. In fact, Apple are said to be investing billions in a new factory in the Far East for precisely this purpose. The expectation is that the new sapphire glass screens won’t make their debut until the iPhone 7, in 2 years time.

Taking of new smartphones, HTC have launched their latest smartphone in Taiwan – the HTC Desire 620. The Desire 620 is a dual SIM handset and features a 5-inch 720p resolution display, a decent 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a front-facing 5-megapixel camera. Aimed at the middle of the smartphone market, the HTC Desire 620 sports a plastic design, dual front-facing speakers and is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. The 620 will run on the Android KitKat 4.4.4 operating system initially and it comes with 8GB of expandable storage and a respectable 2100mAh battery. A launch date for the UK is yet to be confirmed but we’ll keep you up to date with further news as we get it.

From smartphones to smartwatches and it’s been reported that Sony are working on developing a new e-ink smartwatch which could be unveiled next year. There’s speculation that both the wristband and smartwatch face could feature an e-ink type of material which would give the smartwatch an extremely versatile and customisable appearance. At the moment e-ink is widely used in Kindles and is a type of electronic paper which reflects light therefore making a display easier to read in bright light. Sony are currently concentrating a lot of their efforts on product strategy so we can expect to see a whole host of new and innovative products emerging from the technology giant in the near future.

And finallt, Apple’s Siri virtual assistant is becoming a rising star in the music industry thanks to a recently discovered talent for rapping! A remix of a track called ‘Know How’ by Young MC’s features some rapping by Siri and has been acclaimed for its smooth flow and great enunciation. The track mixed by London producers Skeewiff has proved to be a hit and originated when one of the London based producers used Siri to call up the lyrics for the Young MC’s version of Know How. It’s well worth checking it out.