sapphire

Apple Watch Ion-X Glass vs. Sapphire in Sunlight: Who Wins?

We already know that Apple Watches have state-of-the-art OLED displays, as detailed by DisplayMate’s DisplayShootout analysis. But we also know — from earlier reports from the same Dr. Raymond Soneira — that there are visual consequences to using different materials such as sapphire crystal versus glass. Apple has three models, of which one, the Sport...

Is the Apple Watch Sapphire Display Tougher than the Ion-X Version?

Following up on the article from yesterday, where Luma Labs’ Greg Koenig explained how the Apple Watch’s stainless steel, aluminum and gold finishes hold up against everyday beatings, the author has today shared his thoughts on the durability of the two types of displays used in Apple Watch i.e the Ion-X glass in the Sport models and...

Apple Hands Over Sealed Documents to GT Advanced Creditors

Apple will share confidential information and answer questions formulated by the GT Advanced creditors’ lawyers ahead of the court review of the proposed settlement between the two companies, reports the Wall Street Journal. The information exchange is under wraps, but anything creditors seize on as grounds to challenge Apple’s deal with GT will have to...

Sapphire vs. Gorilla Glass Durability Tests [VIDEO]

The folks over at uBreakiFix have compared the impact resistance, scratch resistance and strength of sapphire glass with Gorilla Glass in a series of tests, in order to determine whether sapphire is a suitable material for use as a smartphone display (via MacRumors). Interestingly, the tests conclude that sapphire does not necessarily offer any advantage over Gorilla Glass....

Samsung and LG Allegedly Interested in Adopting Sapphire Glass

Both Samsung and LG are interested in using sapphire glass, the Korean ET News reports (via GforGames). The two companies have recently contacted sapphire glass manufacturers to request samples, despite reviewing the material last year. As we previously reported, with current manufacturing technology the final price of a sapphire glass display reaches about $30, but...

Apple Ships Sapphire from Arizona Plant to Chinese Suppliers

An Apple patent filing last month provided us with the very first hard evidence that the Cupertino company is indeed planning to include sapphire crystal in its next generation iPhone lineup. Now, a report by 9to5Mac is claiming that Apple has started shipping sapphire from its Arizona plant to its suppliers in China, who are in...

Apple Invents Efficient Laser Cutting Techniques for Sapphire

Last month, it was reported that Apple has purchased enough Sapphire crystal furnaces to manufacture up to 200 million displays for its next generation larger-screen iPhone, at its recently acquired plant in Mesa, Arizona, following a deal with GT Advanced. Today, a new Apple patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, reveals how the company has...