Apple's patent calls for sapphire to be fused onto glass. Now who is going to do that for them? Not like Apple to go into the glass business. If I see Apple buy a glass manufacturing company then I may become concerned.
It appears that this deal is real. Apple plans to build a manufacturing plant in Arizona to be run by GT Advanced Technologies. It will produce sapphire material to be used in Apple products. Details were posted on TechCrunch about 30 minutes ago.
Yes, plants to produce sapphire. Sapphire it to brittle to used in full thickness. Apple's patent is for fusion of sapphire on glass.
Side note: FSLR sold a huge empty factory in AZ to an undisclosed entity. Hmmm?
Not only that, I understand sapphire glass is much more expensive to produce at this time, therefore Samsung will be able to beat apple pricing and product sales for the for some time. This may be a big mistake on apple's part.
Yes but they already use it on the camera and start button so obviously their plans are to expand it's usage going forward. Gorilla glass is rumored to be used in Apple products phones, ipads so it does seem like apple is diversifying away from Samsung as much as possible going forward. So who knows what impact this will have on GLW's business.