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Topic: sapphire

Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced asks bankruptcy court to keep confidential documents secret

10/09/2014, 10:10 am

As it makes its way through the bankruptcy process, GT Advanced Technologies is hoping to keep as much of the proceedings out of the public eye as it can, asking the court for a private hearing, and also to keep confidential documents sealed.

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Apple tried to help GT Advanced qualify for final $139M payment, report says

10/08/2014, 05:10 pm

Prior to GT Advanced Technologies' bankruptcy filing earlier this week, Apple reportedly attempted to assist the firm in meeting certain technical milestones that would allow continued payment as part of a conditional $578 million deal.

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Apple calls GT Advanced bankruptcy 'surprising,' company committed to preserving jobs in Arizona

10/08/2014, 11:10 am

In a rare public statement regarding a partner, Apple on Wednesday admitted it was surprised by sapphire maker GT Advanced Technology's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, but said it hopes to keep jobs in Arizona.

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GT Advanced bankruptcy will not affect Apple Watch production, but brings iPhone into question

10/07/2014, 11:10 pm

According to one well-connected analyst, GT Advanced Technologies' filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection raises doubts as to whether sapphire will be used as a protective cover for a next-generation iPhone, as the tech giant is unlikely to source the material from another supplier.

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After incorrect report on Apple's use of sapphire on iPhone 6, WSJ claims Apple changed plans last minute

10/07/2014, 07:10 pm

Less than two months ago, Daisuke Wakabayashi of the Wall Street Journal reported that Apple was "betting $700 million" on a plan to use sapphire screens on its upcoming iPhones. After being proven wrong, the writer now claims that Apple radically reversed its plans just weeks before the new devices went on sale.

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Apple reportedly withheld $139M payment to GT Advanced ahead of bankruptcy filing

10/07/2014, 06:10 pm

As new information about GT Advanced Technologies' dire financial straits slowly comes to light, a report on Tuesday claims Apple held back a $139 million loan installment from its partner sapphire supplier for unknown reasons, possibly leading to the firm's filing for Chapter 11 protection.

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GT Advanced CEO faces scrutiny for selling stock ahead of Apple's sapphire-less iPhone 6 announcement

10/07/2014, 01:10 pm

The day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with glass screen covers, the CEO of GT Advanced Technologies sold $160,000 worth of his now-struggling company's stock, shares of which subsequently tanked due to the lack of a sapphire cover on the latest iPhones.

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Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies files for bankruptcy

10/06/2014, 10:10 am

GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a sapphire manufacturer who won a massive $578 million prepayment from Apple, announced on Monday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.

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Apple 'never' planned to use sapphire covers for iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus - report

09/17/2014, 08:09 am

Despite much wishful thinking on the part of enthusiasts and even members of the tech press, full sapphire screen covers were never in the cards for Apple's iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, a new report reveals.

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Analyst who cried sapphire takes another swing, despite whiffing on iPhone 6 predictions

09/10/2014, 04:09 pm

A financial analyst focused almost exclusively on Apple's relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies was supremely confident that the iPhone 6 would feature a sapphire screen cover. That prediction was dead wrong, but it hasn't stopped him from continuing to stand by his sources, and even strangely still hoping for a sapphire-covered iPhone 6.

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'iPhone 6' will lack sapphire cover but gain 128GB variant, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says

09/04/2014, 09:09 am

Apple's "iPhone 6" will not feature a scratch-resistant sapphire screen cover, but both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions will come with new higher-capacity options of 128 gigabytes of storage, a barometric pressure sensor, and a programmable power button, according to one well-connected insider.

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Apple unlikely to sell sapphire iPhones this year, is setting the stage for future models - JP Morgan

08/18/2014, 09:08 am

Apple's investments in sapphire may one day result in iPhone cover displays made of the material, but sapphire is unlikely to appear in this year's models due to prohibitive costs associated with producing the material in large quantities, investment firm J.P. Morgan said on Monday.

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If Apple's 'iPhone 6' uses sapphire display, it will be limited to new, more expensive premium models, WSJ claims

08/14/2014, 03:08 pm

Less than a month before its expected debut, Apple is apparently "considering" the use of synthetic sapphire displays on its next-generation iPhone, but the costs and difficulties associated with the material would limit it solely to a new range of higher-end and more expensive models that the company might make available, a new rumor claims.

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Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced nears completion of Arizona plant, volume production imminent

08/04/2014, 05:08 pm

GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.

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Rumor: Sapphire display seen as unlikely for 'iPhone 6' amid production woes

07/29/2014, 03:07 pm

Sapphire display covers have yet to begin winding their way through Apple's supply chain thanks to poor yield rates for sapphire ingot and problems with the processing of the material, according to a new report, which suggests that Apple is unlikely to ship a sapphire-covered device in large quantities this year.

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Rumors: Apple asked experts about sapphire screens in 2012, iPhone 6's 'A8' to be 2GHz dual-core chip

07/11/2014, 11:07 am

A pair of suspect rumors regarding Apple's next-generation devices made their way to the internet Friday, as one British academic claimed he had been contacted by the iPhone maker about sapphire displays while Chinese media rebuffed reports that Apple's "A8" SoC will move beyond two processing cores.

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Video purports to show flexible sapphire display cover for Apple's 'iPhone 6'

07/07/2014, 12:07 pm

With Apple said to be preparing a move from Corning's Gorilla Glass to an in-house sapphire solution for the display on the so-called "iPhone 6," a new part alleged to be a preproduction sapphire front panel for the device was shown off Monday in a video from Hong Kong.

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For Apple fans dreaming of sapphire iPhones, Liquidmetal could be a cautionary tale

06/28/2014, 08:06 am

Apple certainly likes to keep its competition -- and fans --guessing about its next moves, and one of the company's best head-fakes in recent years was an exclusive arrangement for a unique metal alloy dubbed Liquidmetal. News of that deal sparked fantasies of mythical Liquidmetal products built by Apple -- wishful thinking that may now be repeating once again with the company's latest investment in sapphire.

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Apple & GTAT open second sapphire manufacturing facility in Massachusetts

06/19/2014, 09:06 am

Apple's much-ballyhooed sapphire plant in Arizona is not its only production facility for the crystalline material, according to a new regulatory filing from manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies, as the two companies have also opened a secondary location in Salem, Mass.

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Apple's Ive hints new materials to be used in upcoming products, suggests new form factors and devices

06/16/2014, 05:06 pm

In an interview with the New York Times, Apple SVP of Design Jony Ive said Apple has been working to incorporate all new materials in future products, suggesting both new form factors and the possible introduction of long-awaited LiquidMetal and sapphire parts.

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