We're getting pre-pre-Black Thursday action going on here, so we know the deals long in advance. Meanwhile, Yosemite and iOS 8 have been updated, and there's new Apple Watch news. But what's the latest happening in Arizona? And that Steve Jobs picture no one wants the title part for? Looks like it's gone the way of the original click wheel iPod.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.