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Apple partner about to begin mass production of sapphire glass

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Apple partner about to begin mass production of sapphire glass

A few months ago, Apple has partnered with GT Advanced Technologies (GTAT) – a diversified tech company, which works on developing and producing cristal growth equipment that is faster and more cost-efficient – in order to establish a sapphire glass production facility in Arizona. The deal goes by the name "Project Cascade" and both companies have invested in the upgrades. It looks like they plan to form a long-lasting relationship, as GTAT has recently uncovered its financial results for Q2 2014 and the tally comes to $86 million lost, due to the company limiting its shipments in preparation to align with Apple's orders. Still, GT says it's confident in the future of its sapphire glass business. The 1.4 million square foot Arizona facility is said to be nearly completed and initial manufacturing is about to begin, with volume manufacturing to soon follow.

Ever since the introduction of the iPhone 5, Apple has been using the sapphire glass to protect the camera lens on their devices, as well as the fingerprint sensor on the 5s. It is widely believed that the iPhone 6 is about to feature a screen made of the sturdy material, though rumors about mass production issues have suggested that it will either be replaced by a sapphire compound-treated glass, or that sapphire glass will only be reserved for the top-tier (64 GB) model, while the lower ones would bear the well-known Corning Gorilla glass. It seems that Project Cascade may just prove these rumors wrong.

source: GT Advanced Technologies via SlashGear

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posted on 05 Aug 2014, 05:46

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 297; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)

K. .

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 06:13 2

2. Jommick (Posts: 221; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)

yay more contradictory rumors

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 07:07 1

3. Finalflash (Posts: 3485; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

No, the rumor makers are just stupid. There are 2 months left till the iPhone 6 release which means if they're beginning production now it will not be on the iPhone 6. The iNote or whatever can have it, but that would mean it earliest release is December. But even for a minimum of 10 million units it would be very hard to do on time if December is the release because a full 5.5 inch sapphire screen would literally require more sapphire than the rest of the sapphire manufacturers of the world can produce. Likely this is for the smartwatch if anything, but the prototype sapphire screens running around are fueling quite a bit of speculation.

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 09:13

4. frizodanizzo (Posts: 8; Member since: 01 Aug 2014)

How are these rumors accurate? Apple seriously didn't produce anything till recently I can't believe that for one minute... It takes more than a month a half

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 14:22

6. Miracles (Posts: 560; Member since: 31 Aug 2013)

Not if ur Apple...they are gonna announce it and ship later

posted on 05 Aug 2014, 10:16

5. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)

i feel like i should dump some cheddar on gtat stock.

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