Former Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced emerges from bankruptcy

Article Image GT Advanced Technologies — at one time tapped to supply sapphire for Apple products — on Friday announced that it had finally emerged from bankruptcy, thanks to an $80 million investment from an unnamed collection of financiers.

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Russia's Monocrystal identified as Apple Watch sapphire supplier

Apple’s scratch resistant sapphire supplier for the Apple Watch is reportedly Monocrystal, a Russian firm which has become the largest synthetic sapphire manufacturer in the world.

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Apple objects to GT Advanced financing plan after Mesa plant fire

Apple on Friday formally objected to a financing plan by its bankrupt former sapphire supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, on the basis of provisions tied to a May fire at its one-time plant in Mesa, Arizona.

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Lab tests show sapphire Apple Watch display suffers worse in ambient light than Ion-X glass

Although the sapphire used in most Apple Watch displays is more durable than the Ion-X glass in the Apple Watch Sport, it comes with penalties to image quality — especially in ambient light, according to lab tests published on Monday.

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'Enhanced sapphire' said to lower reflectivity, boost suitability for smartphones

Mobile device manufacturers may finally have a reason to evaluate sapphire on an equal footing with traditional strengthened glass, as a new method of dealing with sapphire is said to have lowered its reflectivity significantly.



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GT Advanced seeks approval for executive bonuses amid bankruptcy

After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October, former Apple sapphire supply partner GT Advanced is now seeking approval to mete out millions of dollars in executive bonuses as part of an employee retention program.



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GT Advanced says 'oppressive and burdensome' sapphire contracts with Apple led to bankruptcy

Apple partner GT Advanced Technologies announced on Friday that it plans to close its sapphire producing plants in Arizona and Massachusetts operations, and decried its unsustainable contracts with Apple as “oppressive and burdensome.”



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Appe sapphire partner GT Advanced seeks to 'wind down' plant operations

New details of Apple sapphire partner supplier GT Advanced revealed on Thursday, with one report saying the sapphire maker asked the court for permission to “wind down” operations at its manufacturing plant.



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Apple sapphire partner GT Advanced Technologies files for bankruptcy

GT Advanced Technologies Inc., a sapphire manufacturer who won a massive $578 million prepayment from Apple, announced on Monday that it has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy court protection.



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Analyst who cried sapphire takes another swing, despite whiffing on iPhone 6 predictions

A financial analyst focused almost exclusively on Apple’s relationship with sapphire maker GT Advanced Technologies was supremely confident that the iPhone 6 would feature a sapphire screen cover. That prediction was dead wrong, but it hasn’t stopped him from continuing to stand by his sources, and even strangely still hoping for a sapphire-covered iPhone 6.



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'iPhone 6' will lack sapphire cover but gain 128GB variant, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says

Apple’s “iPhone 6” will not feature a scratch-resistant sapphire screen cover, but both the 4.7- and 5.5-inch versions will come with new higher-capacity options of 128 gigabytes of storage, a barometric pressure sensor, and a programmable power button, according to one well-connected insider.



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With Apple's 'iWatch' around the corner, Wellograph releases sapphire smartwatch

Sapphire is a key component of at least one smartwatch that will make its way into consumers’ hands this fall, as startup Wellograph on Tuesday officially announced the availability of its fashion-conscious, fitness-tracking wrist-worn device.



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Apple unlikely to sell sapphire iPhones this year, is setting the stage for future models – JP Morgan

Apple’s investments in sapphire may one day result in iPhone cover displays made of the material, but sapphire is unlikely to appear in this year’s models due to prohibitive costs associated with producing the material in large quantities, investment firm J.P. Morgan said on Monday.



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Apple sapphire supplier GT Advanced nears completion of Arizona plant, volume production imminent

GT Advanced Technologies on Monday said its Arizona sapphire manufacturing facility in Arizona, built in partnership with Apple, is nearly complete and will transition from initial manufacturing to volume production in the near future.



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Video shows rumored 'iPhone 6' sapphire front panel destroyed by car

After multiple torture tests, a purported sapphire front cover rumored to be bound for Apple’s 4.7-inch “iPhone 6” has finally been broken, but getting there took a car weighing 1.6 tons.



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Purported 'iPhone 6' sapphire display undergoes extreme torture test in video

Hours after a video purportedly revealed Apple’s rumored sapphire crystal “iPhone 6” display on Monday, another short film hit the Web, this time putting the supposed part through a battery of torture tests that included knives, keys and extreme bending.



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Apple & GTAT open second sapphire manufacturing facility in Massachusetts

Apple’s much-ballyhooed sapphire plant in Arizona is not its only production facility for the crystalline material, according to a new regulatory filing from manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies, as the two companies have also opened a secondary location in Salem, Mass.



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IBM's Empowerment of SAP HANA


SAP’s recent Sapphire NOW user and partner conference in Orlando was a love fest for the company’s HANA in-memory database technology. SAP has made it quite clear that HANA is far more than an innovative solution for Big Data, analytics and business intelligence workloads. In fact, HANA and complementary SAP solutions, including the new cloud-based PaaS and subscription offerings announced in March and April, represent the future for the company and its customers and partners.

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Apple patent hints at drop proof iPhone 6 made of sapphire and LiquidMetal

Apple received patents for its way of embedding sapphire displays and a unique LiquidMetal smartphone construction method.

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