New Tests Question Purity of ‘Sapphire’ in iPhone 7 Camera Lens

“How impure can your sapphire be, and still call it sapphire?” That’s the question posed by YouTuber JerryRigEverything, who’s been testing the iPhone 7’s sapphire crystal -- or, rather, ‘sapphire crystal’ -- camera lens. Read More >>

Is a Sapphire Glass Apple Watch Even Worth It?

The world’s best (and most expensive) watches all have a sapphire crystal, because sapphire is incredibly hard, making them extremely scratch-resistant and almost scratch-proof under normal use. But sapphire is expensive, so most watches have a glass crystal instead, which isn’t as hard or scratch resistant as sapphire, but still holds up. But is there a visual difference between a watch that uses sapphire versus glass? Read More >>

Apple Turning Flop Sapphire Screen Facility into £1.3bn Data Warehouse

The former location of GT Advanced Technologies Inc, which was supposed to be building sapphire screens for iPhones in the US but couldn't and went bust because the technology was rubbish, is being turned into Apple's latest enormous server farm. Read More >>

iPhone Sapphire Display Rumours Reborn With Foxconn Supposedly on the Case

Foxconn, the Chinese manufacturer of all our favourite western technological follies, is said to be gearing up to produce a form of sapphire glass -- the tough screen covering many were expecting to see in the iPhone 6. Read More >>

Broke Ex-Apple Sapphire Supplier Says Apple Pulled a Bait-and-Switch

When Apple and GT Technologies first struck a deal for GT to produce sapphire for Apple's products, GT announced the deal with excitement. Now that GT has filed for bankruptcy, the company is painting the deal in very a different light. GT COO David Squiller condemned Apple for pulling a "bait and switch" resulting in "an onerous and massively one-sided deal." Read More >>

Apple and its Sapphire Supplier Have Officially Broken Up

Apple's relationship with GT Advanced Technologies, the company slated to make its sapphire screens, is over. First, GT Advanced filed for bankruptcy, then closed a pair of its plants, and now a settlement has officially freed the company of its exclusivity obligations to Cupertino. Read More >>

GT Advanced Court Filing Reveals Apple’s $50 Million Penalty for Leaks

Apple is ordinarily hush-hush about its deals with suppliers. But a court filing with GT Advanced, the company that was supposed to supply the Apple Watch's sapphire screens, reveals that Apple would inflict a $50 million penalty for any leak of clandestine product info. Ouch. Read More >>

Apple Sapphire Supplier Will Close Two Factories, Make 890 Workers Redundant

Apple better have a backup plan for the sapphire screens on its upcoming Apple Watch. The situation with its sapphire partner GT Technology does not look good. The company filed for bankruptcy earlier this week, and now announced plans to close two of its sapphire factories in Arizona and Massachusetts. Read More >>

Apple’s Sapphire Screen Maker Files for Bankruptcy

GT Technologies, the company tapped to make the sapphire screens on the upcoming Apple Watch, has filed for bankruptcy. Read More >>

Report: Apple Will Begin Making a Jewellery-Classified Gadget This Month

We've been following the emergence of Apple's sapphire production plant in Arizona closely this year, since it tells us a lot about the products coming down the line. Now, Mark Gurman reports, filings from Apple indicate that not only is the company manufacturing a new sapphire product this month—it's being classified as "jewellery." Read More >>

iPhone 6’s Durable Sapphire Glass Display Confirmed for Huawei Ascend P7 Update

Chinese upstart Huawei may beat Apple to the market with a sapphire glass display, with the maker said to be equipping a future version of its Ascend P7 series with the new toughened screen tech. Read More >>

iPhone 6 Screen May Not be Sapphire, Probably Isn’t Bow-and-Arrow-Proof

It's summer, which means Apple is probably updating the iPhone soon, which means the iPhone 6 rumour merry-go-round is spinning up. We've heard that Apple might use sapphire for a tougher iPhone screen, but experiments with alleged Apple materials say that might not exactly be the case. Read More >>

What’s Sapphire Glass, and Why Would Apple Want it in Your iPhone?

If you've been paying any attention to the Internet's ever-whirring rumour mill, you might be under the impression that Gorilla Glass—what most flagship smartphones use for their displays—is about to receive some stiff competition. But what is sapphire glass, and why does it offer so much promise? Read More >>

Apple Contractor Piling up the Sapphire Glass for iPhone 6 and iWatch Displays

GT Advanced is the company said to be producing next-gen sapphire glass for Apple, with supply chain guesstimates believing it has enough capacity to chuck out the posh new type of glass in sufficient quantity to be the poked bit of both iPhone 6 models and any future "iWatch" wearable. In short, Apple's getting lots of glass in for things. [Seeking Alpha via MacRumors] Read More >>

Apple Patents Sapphire Growing, Harvesting and Cutting Methods for Ultra-Tough Displays

Apple's been queuing up at the patent office again, this time filing a list of various methods of creating and cutting pure lumps of sapphire, for use as extra-strong screens in the new technology of the middle-distant future. Read More >>