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Apple ties up long-term supply of sapphires

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Apple ties up long-term supply of sapphires
Now that Apple is using sapphires for the camera lens on the Apple iPhone, and on the home button of the Apple iPhone 5s to protect the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, the company needs to contract for a long term supply of the gemstone. To that end, Apple has inked a deal with GT Advanced Technologies that covers multiple years of sapphire supplies.

Under the term of the contract, the sapphire will be produced in an Apple plant in Mesa, Arizona. GT will purchase and operate the equipment for Apple and the latter will give GT a $578 million prepayment which will be repaid over 5 years starting in 2015. The new Apple facility in Mesa will create more than 700 jobs and will run on 100% renewable energy.

As part of the deal, GT will move to the fast-track its development of the next-gen large capacity furnace. This will produce high volumes of sapphire material at a low cost. Where will all that material go? Besides the camera lens and the home button, there is speculation that  Apple will use sapphire for displays. Why not? After all, it is a very hard material with scratch-resistant properties.

source: AllThings D

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posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:34 1

1. alterecho (Posts: 1098; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


"Apple plant"
But i thought...

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:56 2

6. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


"Apple ties up long-term supply of sapphires"

If this doesn't help - Next time to support the APPL stock, the headlines will be:

"Apple ties up long-term supply of diamonds"

ROTFL

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 06:07

42. darkkjedii (Posts: 22059; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You're not actually (Rolling On The Floor Laughing).

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:34 12

2. rcl4444 (Posts: 40; Member since: 06 Oct 2012)


Well done Apple! Not a fan but cred where cred is due.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:58 1

7. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Do you really buy this "sapphires" iBS?
The "gold" iPhone5S was not enough for you???

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 00:18 1

28. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


If your smartphone came with a sapphire display as opposed to Gorilla Glass, would that make you happy?

I know I would save over $30 by not buying the top of the line Zagg screen protector.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 01:11

32. illusionmist (Posts: 157; Member since: 29 Jan 2013)


Hint: He's got no idea what sapphire's for. Or he's a troll.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 02:07 1

38. JC557 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Sapphire can be shatter prone unless it has a good thickness to it. It may be scratch resistant and optically clear but it's strength leaves something to be desired unless if used in layers.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 02:09

39. JC557 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I have a Luminox dive watch that utilizes sapphire crystal and in order for it to be tough it needed to be quite thick compared to the tough plastic on my Casio G-Shock dive watch.

*I choose to wear my Luminox because of the natural lighting from the tritium tubes for when I go into dark areas or actually dive.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:36

46. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Do you know what iSapphire is??
Something like "gold iPhone5S".
Happy to help.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 01:10

31. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Sapphire gives the impression of the use of a natural stone. I'd bet it's a manufactured man-made stone they will use.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 02:03

36. imMature (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Man-made sapphire, duh.. Natural sapphire is hard to get. Since they need to make it for smartphones, they need a LOT of of them. They never said it's natural.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 07:00

43. troutsy (Posts: 313; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Right, this article and everything Phonearena posts about "Sapphire" is a huge misrepresentation of the actual material.

"Apple purchased a plant for making aluminum oxide crystals" and putting a picture of sandpaper doesn't generate the same number of clicks as listing sapphire and putting a picture of a gemstone.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 16:52

52. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 256; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Aluminum Oxide is that the same material that my Dremel uses?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:52

49. marbovo (Posts: 658; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Technically, man-made saphire has the same property as those ones found in the nature, and every watch which uses saphire, uses a man-made stone

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:34 2

3. funchumm1206 (Posts: 52; Member since: 04 Mar 2013)


Just release a bigger iphone. A7 power in a 4inch screen is a bit cramped.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 23:42

20. orca99 (Posts: 87; Member since: 05 Oct 2013)


iPhone zombies won't notice how cramped it is because they've never used a bigger screen.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 23:47 4

21. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


You ever heard of an ipad? You should try it out sometime.☺️

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 23:51

24. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Especially the mini edition with Resolutionary display. Coming to an iToy store near you on November 30th.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 00:20 1

29. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


That iToy comes with a 64-bit processor just like all the other android tablets ;-)

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 09:40 2

47. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


This 64-bit Samsung Exinos processor -A7, is useless for iToys.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:44 2

4. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


But why sapphire? Isn't plastic cheaper, lighter, flexible and scratch-resistant too?
Not bashing, just asking a genuine question.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 22:51 5

5. dorianb (Posts: 600; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Plastic loses it clarity over the years & will appear polluted.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 23:08 1

11. rahul.niks (Posts: 86; Member since: 31 Oct 2013)


I don't think people use there phones for years nowadays, also i don't believe the fact that companies use such plastic which loses its clarity over years,,,

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 23:50 1

23. nctx77 (Posts: 2095; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Who uses plastic for a display? Most phones have gorilla glass. Is this considered some form of plastic?

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 01:23

35. WindowsiDroid (Posts: 137; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


Glass is also plastic and more premium but more vulnerable on damages.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 02:10

40. JC557 (Posts: 1575; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Depends, some lexan screens or watch faces can be sanded down back to clear smoothness. But then again we're talking about phones and not watch windows so plastic hardly applies here.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 23:11 2

14. suneeboy (Posts: 201; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)


Sapphire looks better, sounds better, and is better. iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C? Obviously the 5S. It's creating jobs in the US. Should be no gripe here.

posted on 04 Nov 2013, 23:19 2

16. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


How does the 5s create jobs in the US? I thought it was made in China?

Motorola creates jobs in the US. And frankly I don't care where it's made, because I don't live in the US, and build quality can be good in any country.

posted on 05 Nov 2013, 00:23 2

30. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


The designers and engineers are in the US and get bug bucks for their work on the 5s.

The Moto workers are just assemblers, putting kits together.

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