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Topic: sapphire

GT Advanced looks to slash workforce by 40% as part of bankruptcy plan

08/31/2015, 03:08 pm

In order to reduce expenses when it emerges out of Chapter 11 status, former Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced Technologies is looking to cut 40 percent of its remaining workforce, according to bankruptcy court documents filed on Monday.


Russia's Monocrystal identified as Apple Watch sapphire supplier

08/19/2015, 11:08 am

Apple's scratch resistant sapphire supplier for the Apple Watch is reportedly Monocrystal, a Russian firm which has become the largest synthetic sapphire manufacturer in the world.


Apple objects to GT Advanced financing plan after Mesa plant fire

07/17/2015, 04:07 pm

Apple on Friday formally objected to a financing plan by its bankrupt former sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, on the basis of provisions tied to a May fire at its one-time plant in Mesa, Arizona.


Lab tests show sapphire Apple Watch display suffers worse in ambient light than Ion-X glass

06/29/2015, 01:06 pm

Although the sapphire used in most Apple Watch displays is more durable than the Ion-X glass in the Apple Watch Sport, it comes with penalties to image quality -- especially in ambient light, according to lab tests published on Monday.


Sapphire screen cover hampers Apple Watch display quality, expert says

04/27/2015, 03:04 pm

The best screen image quality can actually be found on Apple's entry-level Apple Watch Sport, as the costlier stainless steel and Edition versions feature sapphire covers that degrade image quality with higher reflectance, a display expert claims.


Corning takes shot at sapphire with 'Project Phire' ultra scratch-resistant glass

02/06/2015, 05:02 pm

Glassmaker Corning on Friday unveiled "Project Phire," a glass composite that the company says is just as strong and drop-resistant as its latest Gorilla Glass but nearly as scratch-resistant as sapphire.


'Enhanced sapphire' said to lower reflectivity, boost suitability for smartphones

02/03/2015, 07:02 pm

Mobile device manufacturers may finally have a reason to evaluate sapphire on an equal footing with traditional strengthened glass, as a new method of dealing with sapphire is said to have lowered its reflectivity significantly.


New Chinese handset shows consumers remain fixated on sapphire iPhones

01/14/2015, 10:01 am

Apple's iPhone component choices are once again a trending topic of conversation following the announcement of a low-cost, sapphire-covered smartphone from a little-known Chinese electronics firm.


GT Advanced seeks approval for executive bonuses amid bankruptcy

12/30/2014, 06:12 pm

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, former Apple sapphire supply partner GT Advanced is now seeking approval to mete out millions of dollars in executive bonuses as part of an employee retention program.


Apple avoids threat of legal action with modified GT Advanced bankruptcy settlement

12/15/2014, 07:12 pm

A lawyer representing sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said the company has agreed to a new set of terms in its settlement with Apple, with the redrafted arrangement assuaging concerns from jilted creditors seeking to derail proceedings by threatening legal action against Apple.


Speculators drive up Asian sapphire stocks amid questionable rumors about Apple's 2015 iPhone

11/26/2014, 10:11 am

Several Taiwanese sapphire manufacturers have seen their stock price increase sharply in recent days as Chinese media continues to push reports of the material making its way to a next-generation Apple handset.


More secrets could come from GT Advanced bankruptcy as Apple divulges details to creditors

11/25/2014, 05:11 pm

Secret documents being shared by Apple with creditors of former sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies could become a matter of public record next month, as part of the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.


Existing Apple suppliers say GT Advanced promised too much, didn't diversify enough

11/21/2014, 09:11 am

In the wake of the collapse of sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies, longtime members of Apple's supply chain have characterized the iPhone maker as a tough but fair partner who offers component makers a chance at success, provided they take proper precautions.


Corning launches 2X harder Gorilla Glass 4 with improved drop damage resistance

11/20/2014, 10:11 am

Apple supplier Corning on Thursday took the wraps off of its next-generation Gorilla Glass 4, which the company says is up to two times harder than competing glasses used in existing smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.


Details of GT Advanced implosion emerge in Apple letter to creditors

11/19/2014, 07:11 pm

Following bankruptcy court filings that seek to postpone Apple's settlement agreement with GT Advanced, a report on Wednesday reveals inside details on why the ambitious sapphire production project went south.


GT Advanced creditors investigating Apple settlement, call for approval extension

11/19/2014, 06:11 pm

Creditors backing GT Advanced Technologies have successfully pushed back an approval date for the company's settlement with Apple, saying an investigation will determine whether the sapphire maker was given short shrift in the agreement.


Apple to repurpose Mesa, Ariz. sapphire plant after GT Advanced vacates

11/18/2014, 09:11 pm

Adding background to Apple's vow to keep as many jobs as possible at its Mesa, Ariz., sapphire plant leased to GT Advanced, a new report says the facility will be repurposed, suggesting some current employees may be able to continue work at the location.


Apple patent reveals method of attaching sapphire cover glass to iPhone

11/13/2014, 05:11 am

While rumors that Apple would incorporate sapphire into its latest iPhone 6 flagship handset failed to materialize, the company is continuing work on such a solution, according to a patent application uncovered on Thursday.


Court unseals documents in GT Advanced case, Apple says it 'bent over backwards' to help sapphire supplier

11/07/2014, 02:11 pm

Though bankrupt sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies has accused Apple of crafting a "classic bait-and-switch" deal, newly unsealed court documents reveal Apple's side of the story, with the iPhone maker claiming it did everything it could to help the struggling supplier.


SEC investigating GT Advanced sapphire business, securities trading

11/06/2014, 04:11 pm

In an attachment to its quarterly 8-K filing, GT Advanced Technologies said the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting an inquiry into the company's security trading practices and sapphire business.