A number of documents have appeared this week showing how Apple and the folks at GT Advanced have moved in a number of machines made for inspecting Sapphire Displays to their new manufacturing facility in Mesa, Arizona. These machines have been found in import/export records acquired by 9to5 Mac and analyst Matt Margolis and appear to be working with the ability to inspect large slabs of Sapphire. These large slabs are specifically intended for displays as opposed to Apple's previous implementations of the material, those being the frontmost bit of the iPhone 5s' Touch ID home button or the backmost bit on the back-facing camera array of the iPhone 5.
New documents surfacing from Arizona's Foreign Trade Zones Board has revealed Apple's "aggressive" goal of taking its new Arizona plant online by February. This plant is believed to be focused on manufacturing sapphire crystal for use in future Apple mobile devices, probably for wearables or smartphone screens.
Over the past year we've had no shortage of rumors surrounding Apple's next iPhone - not all of which were centered on the iPhone coming after the iPhone 5s. This week it would appear that a theme is emerging on more than just the display size in what could be a double-release. While rumors surrounding the iPhone 6's display have thus far suggested that two display sizes are incoming, it's the frontside physical button we're interested in this afternoon.
This week in celebration of 30 years of Apple's push for Macintosh, Tim Cook spoke with ABC news about several subjects - including, briefly, their investment in USA-based manufacturing facilities. This chat included a reminder that Apple was manufacturing the Mac Pro in Arizona, leading Cook to note their recent investment in Arizona. So-called "sapphire glass" is at the center of this push, and it's quite likely they'll be bringing it to a new product inside this year.
Word this afternoon comes from Timothy Arcuri of Cowen and Company that Apple's next iPhone - tentatively called the "iPhone 6" - will certainly be working with a 4.8-inch display. While it's possible this next-generation device could have a larger display - users have been waiting for such a change for quite some time, of course - the only real guarantee the public has is Apple's own word at reveal time. Regardless, Arcuri is suggesting that investors should take heed - a 4.8-inch display is on the way.
It would appear that the waves of rumors surrounding the 2014 release(s) of the iPhone 6 have begun, starting in with a tip on two different screen sizes for starters. This release would take part in two tiers, one starting earlier in the year with a 4.7-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels across it. The second tier would hit later in the year, bringing 5.7-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution to maintain a minimum PPI for the "Retina" name.
There's a rather odd case for the iPhone out there in the wild by the name of Mummy, one that was introduced last year with a concept so simple, we found it essentially perfect. In a variety of colors, the Mummy case provided a simple silicone covering for the iPhone with a bit of give so you could store your various cards and a tiny wad of cash with ease. Now the same group has created the next step: the Straightjacket.
It’s been suggested this week by suppliers overseas that Apple’s next iPhone will continue to work with an 8-megapixel sensor. While this - for those of you only counting these megapixels - means that the end resulting photos will be the same amount of pixels wide and tall, there’s still plenty of room left for improving the resulting images therein. It’s also been suggested that Apple’s current OIS - optical image stabilization - will be improved in their upcoming engine.
Seeing an overabundance of iPhone cases at CES comes with little in terms of surprise. But even with that being said, this year does have a few rather interesting models. We recently mentioned the stun gun case from Yellow Jacket and now we are taking a look at one with a thermal camera. The case is called the FLIR ONE.