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.
Apple has released iOS 7.0.5, though you might find that it won't show up on your iPhone no matter how often you mash the Software Update button. The new software, pushed out today, addresses network provisioning on select iPhone models sold in China, according to Apple's sparse changelog for the update.
It is rare for Apple, especially its CEO, to admit to some level of error so when it does, everyone is all ears. This has happened yet again as Tim Cook admitted that they might have overestimated the popularity of the iPhone 5C, whose market performance wasn't as they had expected.
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.
Apple sold 51m iPhones in its fiscal first quarter of 2014, setting a record for its smartphone sales, while iPad sales reached 26m, another record for the firm. The Cupertino company saw demand for both phones and tablets rise compared to the same three month period a year ago, up from 47.8 iPhones in fiscal Q1 2013 and 22.9m iPads.
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.
This week there's already been one report of Apple deciding to move forward with at least one larger display size for their iPhone lineup, coming first to the iPhone 6, if the rumors hold true. Today the Wall Street Journal joins in with a report that - to be fair - includes a warning that "Apple's plans weren't final and that the company could change course." That said, sources here suggest that Apple will also discontinue the plastic-backed iPhone 5c less than a year after it was initially released - perhaps in favor of an all-metal lineup before the end of 2014.
A new study was recently published by JDSU that looks at the data usage of high-end smartphone users compared to the amount of data that tablet and other smartphone users consume. According to the report, users of flagship smartphones like the iPhone 5S and Galaxy S4 are consuming more data than the tablet using contemporaries. The data comes from a large-scale survey conducted on mobile data conversion last year.