Word surfaced yesterday that GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy. The company was responsible for producing the millions of sapphire glass displays that were long rumored to come with the iPhone 6, but missing that deadline threw the company into a tragic spiral that only grows worse with each day. Earlier this morning a report surfaced that the CEO cashed in just before Apple's iPhone 6 announcement, and now reports state that Apple withheld a payment that could have saved it from bankruptcy.
One of the most persistent rumors surrounding the upcoming "iPhone 6" is Apple's supposed use of scratch-resistant sapphire crystal for the front displays, but according to a new report, only new "high-end" models of the phone with higher price tags may sport the material. The news come from unnamed sources familiar with the supply line.
If you were among the iPhone users hoping that Apple would switch to sapphire crystal displays over their existing (and breakable) Gorilla Glass displays, we're going to have to disappoint you. According to German news site Tages-Anzeiger, Apple has already tested the sapphire crystal displays and found them unsuitable for mass production.
The latest rumor attached to the iPhone 5 comes courtesy of prolific, yet seldom reliable DigiTimes, which has apparently heard that Apple is "likely to adopt in-cell touch panels rolled out by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display" for this year's model.