Apple Sapphire displays supplier, GT Advanced Technologies, published financial report for the fourth quarter of 2013 and talked about his plans for the future. Recently opened the timing of release next flagship model iPhone. According to GT Advanced, manufacturer expects a sharp increase in revenue in the II half of 2014 . This means that during this period will be substantially increased volume of orders for sapphire displays.
In early November 2013 Apple confirmed the intention to open a processing plant in Arizona minerals , together with experts GT Advanced. Corporation invested in the project , according to some sources , more than half a billion dollars . Such amounts indicate that the opening of the plant is aimed at the production of glass in large quantities , not only for the button “Home” or the camera lens , but also for the iPhone and iWatch.
According to available information , GT Advanced has already received the necessary equipment for the manufacture of a protective sapphire glass for smartphones Apple. Currently available from the manufacturer 518 high-temperature furnaces , allowing to let from 103 million to 116 million 5 – inch displays per year.
GT Advanced message suggests that the iPhone 6 protected durable sapphire -coated , will be officially unveiled this fall. Although it is possible that we can talk about “smart” watch iWatch, which is rumored will also receive this display .
A few days ago rumors that Apple intends to produce iPhone sapphire screens confirmed Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth . According to him, the Cupertino company has bought a 3-year supply of sapphire displays that Canonical wanted to use for a smartphone Ubuntu Edge.