We've heard a lot about how strong the rumored sapphire crystal screens for the iPhone 6 supposedly are, but a new YouTube video from famed parts leaker Sonny Dickson today may have allowed us to see for ourselves for the first time. The "may" is important, as questions remain as to whether the item is actually sapphire crystal and whether the material can actually withstand scratching or breakage.
It's a question many of us have asked ourselves at one point or another since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011: Is Apple still the design leader it once was? Apple's design chief Jony Ive certainly seems to think so, or so he claims in an Q&A with the New York Times on the heels of the Gray Lady's larger piece on Tim Cook. Not only is Apple's approach to design in a good place, Ive says, but the company is about to extend it to products with "materials we haven't worked in before."
Up until now, Apple has only used sapphire crystal for tiny components, such as the glass that covers the Touch ID button on the new iPhone 5s and a portion of the device's rear camera. But according to TechCrunch, new technology might allow Apple to start using it for iPhone screens much sooner than expected.
Looks like Apple's taking that whole "Assembled in the USA" bit a lot more seriously than anticipated. As reported by Apple Insider, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced today that Apple plans to build a sapphire manufacturing facility in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, in a move that's expected to bring 700 "quality" jobs to the Southwestern state.
It was a big week for WWDC news and we've got a few stories from that, but we figured there might have been a story here and there that slipped under the radar during the iOS 7 unveiling. So here's a few bites at the Apple news that slipped through your fingers. But worry not, we've recapped a few stories from one of Apple's biggest annual events.
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.