sapphire

  • Apple Reportedly Looking To Expand GT Advanced Sapphire Plant In Arizona

    Apple Reportedly Looking To Expand GT Advanced Sapphire Plant In Arizona

    Apple is said to be exploring options to expand the facility it’s building with manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies in Arizona, a facility which is going to be used to help the companies build sapphire components for future devices. The proposed expansion, reported by AppleInsider, would see the facility plans potentially double in size, and is currently seeking bids from… Read More

  • Apple Patents Smudge-Resistant Sapphire Coating, Suggesting Displays Are On The Way

    Apple Patents Smudge-Resistant Sapphire Coating, Suggesting Displays Are On The Way

    Apple has filed for a patent (via AppleInsider) that adds further fuel to the fire around the possibility it will use sapphire glass for future device displays. The the new application describes how an oleophobic (oil-repelling) coating might be added to sapphire glass to make it smudge and fingerprint-resistant. So far, we’ve seen most of the evidence around Apple’s sapphire display… Read More

  • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Talks New Customers, Hints At Fall iPhone Launch

    Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Talks New Customers, Hints At Fall iPhone Launch

    Apple’s sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced released its fourth-quarter fiscal results today, and they announced a bunch of numbers and stuff about profitability as you might expect. But the more interesting info shared by GT is commentary regarding the ongoing Apple partnership and what it could lead to next. Plus, the company’s projections suggest we could see a new iPhone… Read More

  • Apple Patents Sapphire Component Production Method As Manufacturing Facility Ramps Up

    Apple Patents Sapphire Component Production Method As Manufacturing Facility Ramps Up

    Apple is moving fast on securing intellectual property related to the making and usage of sapphire glass, filing another patent related to the material recently that has been published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider). Previously we saw Apple file a patent for a method of attaching sapphire glass display windows to a device, and now its looking to insure that its method for manufacturing and… Read More

  • Apple Patents Sapphire Display Tech After Last Year’s $578M Deal With Sapphire Maker

    Apple Patents Sapphire Display Tech After Last Year’s $578M Deal With Sapphire Maker

    Apple has had a patent approved today (via AppleInsider) that could make it a leader in a new kind of display material technology: Sapphire glass. The patent describes various methods for attaching sapphire crystal to electronic devices, and includes a description of how it does this with the sapphire glass covering the iPhone camera lens introduced with the iPhone 5, as well as a means for… Read More

  • Apple, The Hyperion Ion Cannon And Why Future iPhones Could Have A Sapphire Screen

    Apple, The Hyperion Ion Cannon And Why Future iPhones Could Have A Sapphire Screen

    Late last week we published a piece about why Apple would want to build a factory to manufacture sapphire crystal, and why it might want to own over $570M worth of that production up front. Today, by connecting a few more dots, we can piece together how it could overcome the pricing and production volume barriers in order to use the material in smartphone screens. Let’s start back in March… Read More

  • Why Apple Bought $578M Worth Of Sapphire In Advance

    Why Apple Bought $578M Worth Of Sapphire In Advance

    Apple is building a manufacturing plant in Arizona that will be used by GT Advanced Technologies to make sapphire crystals for use in its products. Apple currently uses sapphire in its home buttons and camera lens covers, but several details about the material itself and the nature of its deal with GT indicate that it could be expanding its interests in the hard crystalline substance over the next… Read More

  • MB&F HM2 SV Final Edition Watches Hands-On

    MB&F HM2 SV Final Edition Watches Hands-On

    The original HM2 SV was limited to only 25 pieces. That is a really low amount given how popular the watch was - and it was popular for good reason. The Sapphire Vision offered not only unparalleled views of the movement, but also created a totally new looking surface for a watch that spoke all too well the language of love for watch nerds. So for the last pieces in the HM2 collection to ever be… Read More

  • MB&F HM2 Final Edition Watches

    MB&F HM2 Final Edition Watches

    The MB&F Horological Machine Number 2 has enjoyed a really rich life. The 'wrist rectangle' is now going into its final limited edition production with two new models. These are the HM2 Black SV and Red SV. "SV" stands for Sapphire Vision. The whole point of the Sapphire Vision watch was the massive sapphire crystal that made up the front plate of the piece. The crystals were ungodly expensive… Read More

  • More Hands-On With Million Dollar Ulysse Nardin Watch

    More Hands-On With Million Dollar Ulysse Nardin Watch

    I previously wrote about the Royal Blue Tourbillon here (where you can get more technical details). The timepieces is a statement-making watch for both the wearer and Ulysse Nardin as a brand. Without trying to piss off Ulysse Nardin, I am going to go out on a limb and suggest that this watch doesn’t need to cost a million dollars for Ulysse Nardin to make a profit. Instead, it is a sign that… Read More