Apple reportedly taps longtime partner Foxconn to make sapphire glass

By Shawn Knight
Nov 27, 2014
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  1. Apple signed a deal with GT Advanced Technologies to create sapphire displays for the iPhone 6. Trusting an unproven supplier proved to be a fatal mistake, one that the Cupertino-based company likely won't repeat anytime soon.

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  2. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar TS Evangelist Posts: 6,477   +965

    I don't know if Sapphire glass will work out... it supposedly has huge reflectivity compared to regular displays. I think they should just advance current technologies rather than toying with an expensive and risky new endeavor.
  3. OneSpeed

    OneSpeed TS Addict Posts: 245   +68

    Why we giving the Chinese the technology? You don't think they'll share it?
  4. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    If beating people makes them more inventive, this will be some tough glass.
  5. "What’s interesting here is the fact that while Foxconn and Apple have done business with each other for years, Foxconn has absolutely no experience in creating sapphire (that we know of)"

    That's it! I don't know what apple think, not just Foxconn don't have experience, but also, last time Foxconn reportedly got difficulties in assembling iphone because their tight standards.. How could apple trust Foxconn to make sapphire glass?
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    "Foxconn can produce the amount of sapphire that Apple would need for screens on its next generation iPhone".
    Hold on a second there! The next gen iPhone is due for release in less than a year from now. Do you think in that time they'll have managed to build an operational factory and have perfected the art of producing Sapphire glass in the quantities Apple expects?
    Well if they don't then they won't have to worry about employees jumping to their deaths, there will be enough reject sapphire glass lying around for them to slit their wrists instead.
    BTW I'll just assume you mean future generation iDevices.
  7. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 797   +217

    Didn't that other company that never tried to make sapphire tell Apple the same thing before sinking millions of Apple's and their own money just to lose it all?
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    There's a lot more to that story they're not telling us.
  9. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 797   +217

    Probably, I haven't really read into that one other than just the basics.
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,457   +1,759

    Well, Apple already makes all their displays out of the shiniest glass they can. This is so they can say, "look how black are blacks are, and look how saturated our colors are". And don't get me started about the retina displays
    Are you an Apple stockholder? Myself I think it would be quite amusing for them to have a huge fail for a change.

    In any case, so what if the display is as shiny as a freshly polished Rolls-Royce hood ornament? You'll just have to be mindful of "holding your phone correctly"

    First, you paint your eyes and lips flat black and then put on your basic Apple black velvet ski mask .(They'll come with embroidered Apple logos in non-reflective black thread, very chic).

    Still too many reflections? Then just make your calls from under one of them thar "instant replay hoods". Like on the TV football game challenges.(y)

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