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Apple Deal With GTAT Could Produce Sapphire Crystal for 50 Million 5-Inch iPhone Displays Annually

Apple Deal With GTAT Could Produce Sapphire Crystal for 50 Million 5-Inch iPhone Displays Annually

Posted November 8, 2013 at 9:17pm by iClarified
Apple's new manufacturing deal with GT Advanced Technologies will boost production capacity allowing the company to produce enough sapphire material to make 5-inch sapphire screen covers for 33.79-50.56 million iPhones per year, reports DigiTimes.

US$578 million can be used to procure 1,930-2,890 sapphire growing furnaces for a monthly production of 5.28-7.90 million mm of 2-inch-equivalent sapphire ingots, Digitimes Research indicated. Such a volume of sapphire ingots could be used to make screen covers for 33.79-50.56 million 5-inch iPhones a year, accounting for 17.8-26.6% of the estimated 190 million iPhones to be shipped in 2014.

Despite this estimate, analysts feel it is more likely that Apple will use the sapphire crystal to cover the display of a wearable device such as the rumored iWatch.


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Apple Deal With GTAT Could Produce Sapphire Crystal for 50 Million 5-Inch iPhone Displays Annually
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gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - November 9, 2013 at 12:47pm
Or maybe they know how smart it is to improve before moving on and far more users prefer small screen over a phablet. Look at s4, did it get any better than iphone before getting bigger because some people say that that's what they hate about s4 is size and there are more iphone users!
justabrake
justabrake - November 8, 2013 at 10:07pm
iwatch will be a big FAIL.......
gamerscul9870
gamerscul9870 - November 9, 2013 at 12:05am
1. did you readthe past few articles, it is said that it can control home tempurate like air conditioner, adjust thermostat, and connects to iphone, but other than that, 2. 5 inch will be a fail, they'll make it just to get galasheeps who care about size more to switch back from note to iphone! They don't care that much for specs this way! Plus competitors are forcing them to do it since they did it and get people what they want, but hopefully release the next iphone as 4 inch and 5 inch making 2 new phones in 2014!
Bugged Out
Bugged Out - November 10, 2013 at 4:01am
Wow, call Tim Cook NOW and share your insight.
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