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Topic: sapphire

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Apple, GT Advanced agree to unseal secret documents as part of bankruptcy settlement

11/04/2014, 07:11 pm

In a ruling on Tuesday, a federal court judge handling bankruptcy proceedings for sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies ordered to unseal sensitive documents detailing the company's doomed partnership with Apple.

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GT Advanced blames Apple for one-sided sapphire contract that resulted in $461M loss

10/29/2014, 02:10 pm

Testimony from chief operating officer of GT Advanced Technologies reveals that the company lost $461 million before it filed for bankruptcy -- a course that the company asserts was the result of "unsustainable" contracts in which it assumed all of the risk, while Apple took none.

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GT Advanced says it's only settling with Apple because it can't afford to sue

10/28/2014, 02:10 pm

Beleaguered Apple supplier GT Advanced Technologies has suggested it would prefer to sue the iPhone maker rather than reach a settlement, but going to court would be too "challenging and expensive" for the company to pursue.

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iPad Air 2 glass cover has 2.5% screen reflectance vs. 8% reflectance for sapphire

10/28/2014, 01:10 pm

Apple fans still hoping the company will adopt a scratch-resistant sapphire cover for the iPhone in the near future should temper their expectations, as one display expert believes the impressive anti-reflective glass coating on the iPad Air 2 display is instead the way of the future.

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Apple says its 'ambitious' sapphire manufacturing process is 'not ready for production'

10/23/2014, 01:10 pm

Following the news that GT Advanced Technologies will spend up to four years paying back Apple's $439 million prepayment, Apple has revealed that the two companies were working on a new method of manufacturing sapphire that never actually went into production.

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GT Advanced to exit sapphire production business, Apple to recover $439M prepayment over 4 years

10/23/2014, 09:10 am

Closing the book on its short-lived supplier agreement with Apple, GT Advanced Technologies announced on Thursday that its finalized settlement will see the company exit the sapphire production business, and spend the next four years paying back -- interest free -- the $439 million prepayment it received from Apple.

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GT Advanced to axe more than 700 jobs at Arizona sapphire plant

10/16/2014, 08:10 pm

Embattled sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies on Thursday announced it will be eliminating more than 700 jobs at its plant in Mesa, Arizona, with the mass layoffs scheduled for completion by Dec. 15.

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Judge in GT Advanced bankruptcy case skeptical about need for secrecy

10/15/2014, 06:10 pm

At a hearing on Wednesday, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Henry Boroff said he sees little in the way of sensitive trade secrets that would preclude the court from making the terms of Apple's deal with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies public.

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Apple asks court to seal objections against GT Advanced bankruptcy

10/14/2014, 07:10 pm

Apple on Tuesday entered a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Hampshire requesting to seal objections made in regard to partner sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies' Chapter 11 protection filing.

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