Much has been made lately of Apple's harsh terms for third-party suppliers in the wake of the bankruptcy of GT Advanced, the company that was working with Apple to create sapphire displays for the iPhone 6 and other devices. According to a new report from The Wall Street Journal (via Cult of Mac), however, much of GT's failure to meet Apple's demands ultimately sprang from sloppy management.
Our Wednesday Morning Report is a veritable cornucopia of good news, particularly for the residents of Mesa, Arizona, who may get a reprieve following the failed sapphire manufacturing facility former Apple partner GT Advanced abandoned last month. Chrome for Mac also gains 64-bit support, and owners of the latest iPad models have a great new case option as well. Don't delay, click ahead to read more!
Well, the rumor mill is definitely talking about the iPad Air 2, but nothing like it did the iPhone 6 series. Interesting. Well, we certainly hope Cupertino is able to wow the crowds at their October 16 event, and we expect next week will kick things up a notch with leaks and rumors. Meanwhile, what else shook free in the news this week?
It turns out that Apple was as surprised as anyone that GT Advanced Technologies filed for bankruptcy on Monday. Initial reports seemed in danger of painting Apple as the villain after the company withheld a $139 million loan payout which allegedly could have saved Apple's pet sapphire glass producer from bankruptcy. But Apple actually did its best to help the company, reports the Wall Street Journal.
Apple stated at its Apple Watch reveal earlier this week that the device would start out at $349, but unsurprisingly, it's going to cost you a lot more than that if you want the high-end 18-karat gold "Edition" version. A Pittsburgh jeweler has produced an estimate on what you can expect to pay for the premium model, based on the watch's presumed size and weight.
Tuesday's presentation for the iPhone 6 presented extremely few surprises; for the most part, we'd heard accurate rumors about what we would see on stage weeks and months before. But there was one key feature missing from the show, accentuated by Tim Cook's silence regarding the iPhone 6's screen. Where were those sapphire crystal displays we were supposed to see?
We still don't have much of an idea as to what the "iWatch" actually looks like (and in this day in age, such secrecy is welcome), but the New York Times today added a bit of information on the design we'll likely see on September 9. Most of report echoes old rumors, but the report is noteworthy for claiming that the device will have as flexible sapphire display.
We've got a little bit of iPhone 6 news coming your way, but if you've heard what they're saying in Thailand, you already know some of it. But what about those sapphire crystal displays? Who's going to get those? You? Your rich relatives? Well, let's see what the rumor mill is going on.
If you want to know more about the iPhone 6 and iWatch, you're in luck — it seems that a day can't go by without more rumors about Apple's upcoming hardware. But that's not all that's been happening this week — there's also been loads of other news, including a new look at Apple HQ, info on vastly improved battery life, and some great tips to deal with spam and Time Machine.
It's all but a given now that the next iPhone will feature a sapphire glass display based on the rumors floating around. And like so many things coming out of Cupertino, that news has apparently attracted the attention of competitor Samsung, reports South Korea's ETNews, and now it's looking to bring the displays to its own devices.