Display

Apple looking to keep Sapphire hopes alive

Apple looking to keep Sapphire hopes alive

The Apple and GT Advanced partnership might be dead, but the Sapphire plant in Arizona could still live on. Apple is reportedly seeking a way to keep the plant alive, possibly even producing Sapphire glass as planned. Though GT won’t be involved, Apple is reportedly looking into how they can reap benefits from their sizable investment. GT, which owns the equipment and is selling it off to pay Apple back the $439 million paid via a loan in their partnership agreement.

Continue Reading

Apple, GT Advanced officially part ways

Apple, GT Advanced officially part ways

After a protracted relationship that churned out no physical product from their famed Arizona facility, GT Advanced and Apple have parted ways. The separation is said to be amicable, and comes on the heels of GT’s bankruptcy and subsequent bashing of their deal with Apple. Calling the arrangement “oppressive”, GT failed to meet thresholds for getting the facility up and running, which led Apple to hold back payments in their $500 million deal. Now, GT Advanced will need to sell off equipment to pay Apple.

Continue Reading

GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

GT Advanced may soon be clear of that $50 million Apple penalty

Last week, it was discovered that Apple held a $50 million knife to the throat of their supply partners regarding leaked info. Should a partner be found guilty of leaking info, or allowing info to leak about current or future Apple products, they were subject to that penalty. In the bankruptcy filing of GT Advanced, Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner, some things have to be discussed to satisfy the court, but might violate that penalty clause with Apple. GT Advanced now says they’re working with Apple to figure out what can and can’t be said in the proceedings.

Continue Reading

Android Lollipop seen with Moto X “Active Display” feature

Android Lollipop seen with Moto X “Active Display” feature

It will still be a few weeks before we see Android 5.0 in its final form, but the developer preview of Android Lollipop has already gone out and has led to some rather interesting discoveries. One of the features that may have been glanced over in the press release is one that Google has seemingly borrowed from the very first Moto X, a way to turn on the display or unlock the device, and view notifications, just by picking up the smartphone.

Continue Reading

An Apple Thunderbolt 5K Display? Don’t hold your breath

An Apple Thunderbolt 5K Display? Don’t hold your breath

First reaction among those setting eyes on Apple's new iMac with Retina 5K Display after it was announced yesterday was typically along the lines of "Wow": even Tim Cook couldn't resist the charms of the 14.7m pixel all-in-one, and he knew it was coming. The second, though, from a few laterally-thinkers in the crowd, was to ask whether the iMac would support Target Display mode, and thus turn into a standalone 5K monitor for a plugged-in MacBook Pro. Unfortunately, that's just not the case, and in fact some big changes need to take place before we can even get a standalone 5K update for the aging Thunderbolt Display.

Continue Reading

Second exec from Apple’s Sapphire supplier dumped stock

Second exec from Apple’s Sapphire supplier dumped stock

The problems at Apple’s now former Sapphire glass partner GT Advanced were longer in the tooth than previously realized. Their partnership, which GT deemed “oppressive” in bankruptcy filings, is being detailed a bit more, now. It seems their CEO wasn’t the only one dumping stock, as the guy in charge of the actual plant in Arizona was doing the same. Unable to meet Apple’s deadlines for getting the plant up and running — which means making Sapphire glass — GT execs instead chose to tuck tail, dump stock, and run.

Continue Reading

Apple to the rescue: GT closing Arizona Sapphire plant

Apple to the rescue: GT closing Arizona Sapphire plant

GT Advanced, who was (yeah, was) partnering with Apple on Sapphire displays for products, is shuttering their Arizona facility. They’re also shutting down a plant in Massachusetts. The move to shut down the two operations will cost roughly 890 people to be out of work. After recently filing for Bankruptcy, it was expected GT would make some changes, but nobody outside their board room expected them to do an about-face and shutter the Arizona plant, which they have in partnership with Apple.

Continue Reading

Delay of 12.9-inch iPad due to Common Sense

Delay of 12.9-inch iPad due to Common Sense

Earlier this year we first heard of the idea that Apple would create an iPad with a 12.9-inch display. That’s absurd, I thought - why on earth would Apple create a tablet larger than their smallest notebook? What possible reason would Apple have for making an iPad with a display larger than the standard iPad/iPad Air size they’ve got today? Surely they can’t be serious?

Continue Reading

GT bankruptcy puts Apple in control of Sapphire

GT bankruptcy puts Apple in control of Sapphire

GT Advanced is Apple’s partner in their yet-to-be-opened Sapphire Glass facility in Arizona. The facility is near completion, and with a possible ocean of Sapphire Glass flowing from the desert soon, GT Advanced filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. In examining the circumstances surrounding that filing, it seems Apple could be poised to own the facility themselves.

Continue Reading

Sharp announces 7-inch MEMS-IGZO tablet coming 2015

Sharp announces 7-inch MEMS-IGZO tablet coming 2015

Earlier than the projected 2017 launch, Sharp has just revealed that it has a tablet ready for 2015 bearing a new mix of display technologies. Bearing Qualcomm's MEMS and Sharp's IGZO, this still unnamed tablet will boast of high-speed display on thin panels with almost the same energy-saving efficiency of e-ink in greyscale mode when needed.

Continue Reading

Acer 28-inch 4K G-Sync XB280HK Monitor Review

Acer 28-inch 4K G-Sync XB280HK Monitor Review

After previewing the G-Sync technology all the way back in December of 2013, we’ve been chomping at the bit to get the chance to check out a real-deal consumer-ready G-Sync monitor. Today we get to bring that to you with the Acer XB280HK. This 28-inch beast also brings on 4K resolution for good measure.

Continue Reading

Samsung SD590C curved display aims for gamers

Samsung SD590C curved display aims for gamers

Would that you were a gamer right this minute, you’re likely not using a gaming-oriented Samsung display. That may very well change in the near future as the 27-inch Samsung SD590C is introduced, complete with a display that’s 1920 x 1080 pixels dense, LED with Mega DCR, and rolling with a panel that’s curved (VA/ 4000R).

Continue Reading