sapphire

  • The MB&F HM6 Alien Nation will attack your block

    The MB&F HM6 Alien Nation will attack your block

    Fine timepieces are usually staid affairs. A little gold here, some enamel here, and a nice movement are enough to please some of us but it’s clear that a minority need hand-cut crystal domes, scurrying aliens, and enough luminous material to make a deep-sea angler fish jealous. The new MB&F HM6 is a version of Max Busser’s popular Horological Machine series but features a… Read More

  • GT Advanced Technologies To End Sapphire Business And Settle Debt With Apple

    GT Advanced Technologies To End Sapphire Business And Settle Debt With Apple

    GT Advanced Technologies, the company Apple had entered into a deal with worth $578 million last year for the advance purchase of sapphire components, has reached an agreement with the iPhone maker to settle its outstanding debt. As part of the deal, GT Advanced Technologies will exit the sapphire business altogether, and shut down its Mesa, Arizona and Salem, Massachusetts factories, according… Read More

  • Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Files For Bankruptcy

    Apple Sapphire Supplier GT Advanced Technologies Files For Bankruptcy

    GT Advanced Technologies, which has a supply relationship with Apple after an agreement struck late last year, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company will continue to operate as normal despite the filing, which is designed to protect its assets and operating budget from debt while it restructures and re-finances its obligations. Apple’s relationship with GT… Read More

  • Apple Patents A Way To Make Sapphire Screens Even Stronger

    Apple Patents A Way To Make Sapphire Screens Even Stronger

    Apple has a new patent (via AppleInsider) that could help explain leaked videos showing a front screen material that is incredibly durable, and resistant to bending, scratching and shattering. The screen is thought to be based on manufactured sapphire, a material that has a toughness rating above glass, but a new patent reveals how Apple might be stacking the odds in its favor with a process… Read More

  • Apple’s Sapphire iPhone Costs Could Be Lower Than Expected

    Apple’s Sapphire iPhone Costs Could Be Lower Than Expected

    Apple’s plan is to work synthetic sapphire into pricier next-generation iPhone models, according to the WSJ, provided they can get enough supply. While some analysts quoted expect this to potentially increase the consumer price of iPhone hardware, I’d be very skeptical of next-gen smartphones from Apple carrying retail costs higher than they currently do for buyers. Instead… Read More

  • Supposed iPhone 6 Display Cover Faces The Sandpaper Test

    Supposed iPhone 6 Display Cover Faces The Sandpaper Test

    The leaked component that’s being touted as the front screen of the upcoming iPhone 6 got a good workout in a video test by Youtube regular MKBHD (Marques Brownlee) when it first broke cover, and now Brownlee is back with a new video that takes the durability tests even further. This second round involves exposing the supposedly super-strong sapphire-based material to a true test of… Read More

  • Apple Patents Stronger Sapphire Displays And Illuminated Sapphire Controls

    Apple Patents Stronger Sapphire Displays And Illuminated Sapphire Controls

    Apple has a few new patent applications with the USPTO (via AppleInsider), all relating to sapphire glass displays and elements for its use in mobile devices. The patents cover a method for making sapphire glass display covers stronger, a way to create illuminated buttons with sapphire, and a way to embed markings below a sapphire layer. Read More

  • Apple Patents LiquidMetal And Sapphire Mobile Device Construction Method

    Apple Patents LiquidMetal And Sapphire Mobile Device Construction Method

    Apple has just renewed its exclusive licensing deal with LiquidMetal, a fairly exotic metal alloy that behaves like plastic, and today it was granted a patent by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) for use of that material combined with glass displays, including those made by sapphire. The patent describes the process of bonding a display to a LiquidMetal device case, which could form the basis for… Read More

  • 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • 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… Read More

  • The Sapphire 5970 4G Toxic Edition is the fastest video card on Planet Earth

    Damn you, Sapphire. Three weeks ago I bought your vanilla Radeon 5970, and now you release the Radeon 5970 4G TOXIC Edition? What a load of bunk. Fastest video card on the planet, you say? Well I say FE$%Fxtgredth. Read More